THE Polonaise was a ceremonial dance. When a new king ascended the throne of Poland, a great reception took place at which the nobles and their wives defiled before him to stately music. Out of this grew, so they say, the Polonaise as we know it.
Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert,
Weber, and even Wagner have written Polonaises, but it was Chopin, Ehnselta Pole , who betened into it the spirit of patriotism, of lamentation under wrongs suffered, of defiance and of triumph.
COUNTLESS composers have sought in their music to suggest the other-worldliness of the pale light of the moon. None, perhaps, has ever been better fitted to do so than Debussy, with his genius for dreamy, atmospheric music, half-lights and subtle shades.
His other piece wittily suggests the antics of a Negro band with its stack, syncopated rhythms, the oilily vulgar tune that comes swaying in, and the clank of the banjo.
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