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Polka de W R
composer
Lachtäuben 'The little laughing dove'; originally thought to be by Vassily (Wassily) Rachmaninov
arranger
March 1911

Recordings
'Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 3 – 11 November 1947' (APR5623)
Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 3 – 11 November 1947
APR5623  Download only  
'Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 5 – Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2 & appendices' (APR5625)
Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 5 – Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2 & appendices
APR5625  Download only  
'Kaleidoscope' (CDA67275)
Kaleidoscope
Buy by post £5.25 CDA67275  Please, someone, buy me …  
'Rachmaninov: The Complete Solo Piano Music' (CDS44041/8)
Rachmaninov: The Complete Solo Piano Music
CDS44041/8  8CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only  
'Rachmaninov: The Transcriptions' (CDH55458)
Rachmaninov: The Transcriptions
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55458  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Details
Track 2 on CDA67275 [3'49] Please, someone, buy me …
Track 12 on CDH55458 [4'09] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 12 on CDS44041/8 CD8 [4'09] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only
Track 15 on APR5623 [3'20] Download only
Track 14 on APR5625 [3'14] Download only

Polka de W R
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Rachmaninov’s father Wassili (or Vassili) was a good amateur pianist (his paternal grandfather, Arkadi, had studied piano with John Field, inventor of the nocturne). Amongst Wassili’s repertoire was a simple polka which he frequently played to the amusement of his talented son. Clearly under the impression that it was a piece his father had written, Rachmaninov composed this deliciously knowing arrangement of the polka in 1911, entitling it Polka de W.R.—(W)assili (R)achmaninov—with a dedication to Leopold Godowsky.

In fact, the polka that Rachmaninov père et fils enjoyed was the Scherzpolka or Turtle Dove Polka, Op 303, by Franz Behr, many of whose numerous other salon works appeared under the pseudonyms of Georges Bachmann, William Cooper, Charles Morley and Francesco d’Orso. Though the middle (B flat) section of the Scherzpolka is not used by Rachmaninov, with Behr’s theme transposed from F major to A flat and an original counter­melody to accompany the return of the main theme, the Polka de W.R. is as much a transcription as others by Rachmaninov (Kreisler’s Liebesfreud and Liebesleid, for instance) and, as such, should properly be designated ‘Behr-Rachmaninov’.

Rachmaninov himself made one piano roll and three disc recordings of the Polka (1919, 1921 and 1928).

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2001

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Details for APR5625 track 14
Artists
ISRC
GB-SAM-05-62514
Duration
3'14
Recording date
1929
Recording venue
Carnegie Hall, USA
Recording producer
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