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Polish Dances

for flute and piano

Year:  2010   ·  Duration:  7m

Year:  2010
Duration:  7m

Composer:   Anthony Ritchie

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Sample: 0'00" - 1'00" from third movement

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This work was written for flutist, Adrianna Lis, for performances and a CD recording. It is based on three Polish dance pieces:

  1. Slaski comes from, a folk song from the area in Poland where Adrianna Lis was born. The version I based my piece on was performed by Chlopaki Chlopaki.
  2. Mazurka in A minor, op.68, No.2 (posthumous) by Chopin. This was chosen to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth.
  3. Polka Szabasowka, not originally from Poland but adopted by Polish folk performers. The version I based my piece on was performed on piano accordian by Miroslaw Marks.

These dances were transcribed as used as a basis for free re-composition.

Anthony Ritchie

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Adianna Lis

Adrianna Lis

Dedication note

Dedicated to Adrianna Lis

Contents note

3 short Polish melodies re-composed for flute and piano:
1. Slaski - folk dance
2. Mazurka in A minor - Chopin
3. Polka Szabasowka

Performance history

02 Jul 2011: Performed by Adrianna Lis (flute) and Anna Kijanowska (piano) as part the fundraising concert for Christchurch Arts Centre, at the McCombs Performing Arts Centre, Cashmere High School, in Christchurch

07 Sep 2011: Performed by Adrianna Lis (flute) and Katherine Austin (piano) at Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber, University of Waikato, in Hamilton

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