Real Polka (1)

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REAL POLKA [1]. English, Polka (2/4 time). E Minor ('A' part) & C Major ('B' and 'C' parts). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. "The Real Polkas", "as danced at Her Majesty's balls, Almacks & the opera houses of Milan, Paris, Vienna, London, &c." were a suite of polkas composed and arranged for the piano forte by Ricardo Linter (1818-1886), a composer and music teacher who resided in Weymouth. The Musical World (No. 32) of 1844 reviewed them, and opined:

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"The Real Polkas" are the best recent attempts we have seen to illustrate the celebrated Polish dance. The melodies are very fresh and striking, and they are, moreover, admirably arranged. Mr. Linter, the author, is a young provincial pianist and composer of very great promise. No. 1, of these Polkas is likely to vie in popularity with those of Pugni and Jullien.

Linter also composed (among many other works) "The Real Scotch Polkas."

Source for notated version: a c. 1850 MS collection by fiddler Lawrence Leadley, 1827-1897 (Helperby, Yorkshire) [Merryweather & Seattle].

Printed sources: Merryweather & Seattle (The Fiddler of Helperby), 1994; No. 97, p. 54.

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