The Russian Polka composed expressly for and performed by the Band of the 2nd Life Gaurds[!] dedicated by permission to Colonel James McDouall... Pr 3/-. Ca. 1845. DANCE - 19th Century - English - Social Dance, Carlo Minasi.

The Russian Polka composed expressly for and performed by the Band of the 2nd Life Gaurds[!] dedicated by permission to Colonel James McDouall... Pr 3/-. Ca. 1845

Folio, 332 x 246 mm. Lithograph by Healey depicting a fashionably dressed dancing couple in the foreground, the gentleman in uniform, with additional couples in the background. Signed by the artist in the stone. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1-[7], [i] (publisher's advertisements) pp.

With Jullien's facsimile signature handstamp to lower right margin.

Disbound; left edge with binder's holes and remnants of stitching. Slightly worn and soiled; dampstaining to inner margin; lower right corner of title creased and slightly split; inscription in ink to upper right corner of title cropped; trimmed, just affecting titling to left edge of publisher's ads.

Biographical information on Minasi is scarce, although he is most probably the London-based pianist, concertina player, and composer and arranger for the concertina and other instruments.

Jullien was a French conductor, composer, and music publisher. "Considered something of a child prodigy by his violinist-bandmaster father Antonio, Jullien served in the army before entering the Paris Conservatoire in 1833 or 1831. He left in 1836, preferring dance music over counterpoint. For the next three years, Jullien’s lively entertainments of dance music at the Jardin Turc brought rapid popularity, rivalling Musard’s, and three duels brought notoriety. He left Paris for England in 1838... In the democratization of music and the establishment of the early promenade concert, Jullien’s role was significant... Davison... was a supporter and personal friend: ‘M. Jullien’, he wrote in the Musical World, ‘was undoubtedly the first who directed the attention of the multitude to the classical composers … [he] broke down the barriers and let in the “crowd”.’ " Keith Horner in Grove Music Online. Item #29750

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