Esmeralda Polka (La)

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ESMERALDA POLKA, LA. 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 "Opera Polka").

Fanny Cerrito in the title role of the Pugni/Perrot La Esmeralda, London, circa 1844.


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.

Source for notated version:

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

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