Esler's Cracovienne

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ELSLER'S CRACOVIENNE. AKA and see "Cracovienne Quickstep," "Krakoviak." Continental, Polka. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The title honors Fanny Elssler [1] (often misspelled 'Esler' or 'Elsler'), a celebrated dancer who made her debut with the Paris Opera in 1834 at the age of 24. She was renowned for her creation of the theatrical folk dances -- folk dances adapted to the ballet, such as the Tarantule, Cachuacha, and the Cracovienne (said to have been her favorite). She toured the United States for two years, beginning in 1840.

Fanny Elssler



Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Howe (Complete Preceptor for the Accordeon), 1843; p. 36.

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