Philadelphia Mazourka Quadrilles No. 1
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PHILADELPHIA MAZOURKA QUADRILLES. American, Quadrille Set. The "Philadelphia Mazourka Quadrilles" were composed in 1850 by James Couenhaven and published in New York by William Hall & Son, issued in a folio. The work was dedicated "To the Junior Bachelors Association of Philadelphia." Couenhaven was a journeyman composer of fashionable dance pieces and songs, who had music store on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia that bore his name.
The Mazurka was a fashionable social dance in England around the 1820's, imported from the Russian court by William Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire, the English Ambassador to Czar Nicholas' coronation in St. Petersburg. It was originally Polish, where it was called the Mazur.
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