Annotation:Esmeralda Polka (La)

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X:1 T:Esmeralda Polka, La M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Polka B:Manson - Hamilton's Universal Tune Book vol. 2 (1846, p. 145) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:C G|ee/f/ gc|e{e}d/^c/ d/e/f/g/|ad/e/ fB|c/c'/b/a/ g/a/g/f/| ee/f/ gc|e{e}d/^c/ d/e/f/g/|ad/e/ fB|c/c'/g/e/ c!Fin!|| G/c/|e e2e|ee{g}fe|eded|dcdc| e e2e|ee {g}fe|eded|ce/g/ c'!D.C.!|| d/e/|d b2 b/c'/|ba a/b/a|c a2 a/b/|ag g/a/g/| d b2 b/c'/|ba a/b/a|daba|agg!D.C.!||

Fanny Cerrito in the title role of the Pugni/Perrot La Esmeralda, London, circa 1844.
ESMERALDA POLKA, LA. AKA and see "Royal Polka Quadrille - Figure 3." Polka (2/4 time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABACA. "La Esmeralda" takes its name from a ballet of the same name in 3 acts, 5 scenes, inspired by Victor Hugo's Notre Dame de Paris. It was originally choreographed by Jules Perrot, with music by Cesare Pugni (see also note for "Annotation:Opera Polka").

The Esmeralda, sometimes called the Three-Slide Polka, was a ballroom dance popular in America in the second half of the 19th century. It consisted in a combination of steps from the polka and the galop. The music was usually a polka in 2/4 time; occasionally a 6/8 time tune was used.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Manson (Hamilton's Universal Tune Book, vol. 2), 1846; p. 145.

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