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Polonaise, from the Opera Christmas Night

Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov/arr. W.J. Duthoit

Polonaise from the Opera Christmas Night A Polonaise (French for "Polish”) is a slow dance of Polish origin, in 3/4 time. Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844–1908) combined his composition and teaching with a career in the Russian military. He left a considerable body of original Russian nationalist compositions and is considered "the main architect" of what the classical music afficionados consider the Russian style of composition.

Last updated on December 6, 2018 by Palatine Concert Band