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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000308.txt from 1995/03

From: Thomas Labadorf <Labadorf@-----.COM>
Subj: Re: The Stately Polacca
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 1995 00:31:40 -0500


I think your research has paid off. You found some definitions that really
fit this movement: eg.

""The tempo is usually moderately fast, the style proud, bold, even
""Certain rhythms are characteristic, such as the frequent division of the
first beat of the measure with accentuation of its 2nd half, the ending of
phrases on the third beat of the measure, etc."" I agree with you about the

Does the first phrase mean "in the polish style" or "as a polonaise"?
OK, here's my opinion. My choice is "in a polish style." On Saturday
mornings and in weak moments, I tune into a local radio station that plays
polish music. The polkas and waltzes are of various tempi, but always
spirited and beaty. I'd say choose the tempo that gives a convincing finale
but is still controlled. My choice would be quarter@-----.

For whatever it's worth.

Tom L.

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