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Champagner-Polka - Sample sheet music
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Title Champagner-Polka
Category Concert/wind/brass band
Subcategory Concert polka
Instrumentation Ha (concert/wind band)
Publisher's article no. KL 1786
Year of publication 2000
Price 60.00 EUR (incl. 10 % Austrian VAT)
Composer Strauss, Johann Sohn
Arranger Suppan, Armin
Opus no. Op.211
Difficulty level 2
Duration 2:50
Additional info/contents The premiere of the work took place on 31.07.1858 in Pawlowsk (ru). The Viennese first performance on 21/11/1858 in the Volksgarten.
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Programme notes: additional text

The "Champagne Polka" also owes its origin to the guest performance of Johann Strauss in Pavlovsk and was created there in the summer of 1858. It was then performed for the first time by the local Strauss Chapel under the direction of Johann Strauss.
The polka is described as a "musical joke". Its original title at the premiere in Pavlovsk at the "Great Music Festival", which was also connected with the third benefit concert in aid of Johann Strauss, was "Bowl Champagne Polka", which means that in addition to the champagne, the punch was added as an animating element or one must think of champagne as a punch. In this polka the uncorking of the stoppers of the champagne bottles is musically imitated.
In the second part of the trio, a melody by Joseph Wilde from 1811, which has become a folk song, the lyrics of which allude to the national bankruptcy of the time, is heard, although rhythmically altered: "it is all one to me, it is all one to me, whether I have money or not". Now, if some researchers see this as an allusion to the currency reform of 1857, when the guilder currency was replaced by the crown currency, this may appear to be an overinterpretation. This lyric is rather the expression of a carefree attitude of the Viennese, who buys champagne when he feels like it and who does not pay attention to his financial means. That one is willing to sacrifice the "last crown" for good wine, and is also thirsty and wants to quench it, although one is "bull", i.e. almost penniless, such formulations can be found again and again, right up to the text "Jung san ma, fesch san ma", which Robert Stolz set to music. Viennese joie de vivre and a carelessness bordering on exuberance with regard to financial means when it comes to celebrating, which also includes alcohol, in the special case of champagne, Johann Strauss may have thought of that rather than of the currency reform. All the more so as he would not have been so unfamiliar with this nature.
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Champagner-Polka - click here Champagner-Polka (concert/wind band) 60.00
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