Sunday, August 16, 2015
Czech Things at Musical Instrument Museum
Of course, I gave some special attention to the Czech area, because I'm 50% Czech!
I don't think this accordion was part of the Czech collection, I don't see it in the "overview" photos, but I didn't capture all of the area. I might have just taken its photo because it is so beautiful.
Wikipedia says "German and Czech immigrants arrived with accordions (usually button boxes)". The Czechs would play the polkas they learned in their homeland. There is also a dance done to Polka music. "Polka is defined as a vivacious couple dance of Bohemian origin in duple time; was a basic pattern of hop-step-close-step; a lively Bohemian dance tune in 2/4 time. The polka was originally a Czech peasant dance, developed in Eastern Bohemia (now part of Czechoslovakia)." (Editor's note, some time has gone by since the source page was written. Eastern Bohemia is now part of the Czech Republic)
"The dance was first introduced into the ballrooms of Prague in 1835. The name of the dance (pulka) is Czech for "half-step", referring to the rapid shift from one foot to the other." Eventually, it spread to the States, where
"Breiter's band composed a new polka for the occasion of the 1849 [Philadelphia] Assembly."
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