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Polonaise and Mazurka
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Author:  Auntie [ Fri Aug 09, 2002 12:50 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Polonaise and Mazurka

A problem I have come up against increasingly is that dance educators think a Polonaise is a 6. It ain't. Both the mazurka and the polonaise are a 3... A 6 is most likely a gigue...

Author:  djb [ Fri Aug 09, 2002 2:11 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Polonaise and Mazurka

Auntie, do you mean they group 2 measures together and count them as one 6-beat measure, or that they subdivide the 3-count measure and count it as 1 2 3 4 5 6, rather than 1 & 2 & 3 &? This last was done in the Royal Ballet/Makarova/Dowell production toward the end of the first act. It seems most unmusical to me -- it would have driven me crazy having to dance that way.

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Author:  Catherine Pawlick [ Sun Apr 12, 2015 8:56 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Polonaise and Mazurka

This is a really old topic but one that fascinates me. I'm actually coming at it from another point of view, given Tchaikovsky's selective list of "folk" dances in Act 2 of Swan Lake, why are the ones represented chosen and not others?

In any case for purposes of reference wanted to post this here, a Mazurka is at
1:26 of this recording, led by Viktoria Kutepova (Farukh Ruzimatov's second wife, but since separated/divorced), followed by the amazing late Galina Rakhmanova in this commercial recording:

Given that these dancers grow up on a 8 year diet of historical character dances, this approach is considered authentic in Russia.

(I can't speak to the Polonaise yet though)

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