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Circus Polka


The Circus Polka, composed in 1941-2 to a commission from the Ringling Brothers for a piece to be choreographed by George Balanchine for the elephants in Barnum and Bailey’s Circus in New York, even goes so far as to combine the melodic tics with uneven barrings that, according to one reviewer, upset the elephants and now and then came close to stampeding them.

from notes by Stephen Walsh © 2018

La Circus Polka, composée en 1941-42 en réponse à une commande des Ringling Brothers pour une pièce dont George Balanchine devait faire la chorégraphie pour les éléphants du Barnum and Bailey’s Circus de New York, va jusqu’à combiner les tics mélodiques avec des mesures irrégulières qui, selon un critique, perturbèrent les éléphants et, faillirent parfois provoquer leur débandade.

extrait des notes rédigées par Stephen Walsh © 2018
Français: Marie-Stella Pâris

Die Circus Polka, komponiert 1941/42 im Auftrag der Ringling Brothers als Stück, das George Balanchine für die Elefanten von „Barnum and Bailey’s Circus“ choreographieren sollte, treibt Strawinskys Gewohnheiten soweit, dass sie laut einem Kritiker die Elefanten gründlich aus dem Takt, ja in Gefahr brachte.

aus dem Begleittext von Stephen Walsh © 2018
Deutsch: Friedrich Sprondel


Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & other works for two pianos four hands
Studio Master: CDA68189Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Track-specific metadata for CDA68189 track 21

Recording date
8 April 2017
Recording venue
Teldex Studio Berlin, Germany
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Arne Akselberg
Hyperion usage
  1. Hyperion sampler - December 2018 (HYP201812)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: December 2018
    Download-only sampler
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