Czech Polka Medley - Clt Chr

CODE: AP-02154



CZECH POLKA MEDLEY has seven charming tunes written by Josef Maršík and arranged by Joel Blahník with English text by Anita Smisek for Clarinet Choir with optional Drum Set and Two-Part Vocal. Set of Score and Parts. Grade: 3-4 Duration: 4:30

Background and Performance Notes are in the Resources tab.

Czech Polka Medley (score3956.pdf, 162 Kb) [Download]

Czech Polka Medley

for Clarinet Choir with Optional Drum Set and 2-Part Vocal

Adapted from a medley by J. Maršík arr. by Joel Blahnik

CZECH POLKA MEDLEY — This is happy music to play, and calls for feet to move as folks listen, sing along, or dance. This wonderful medley, originally designed for brass band has been edited, condensed and now made available in a wonderful assortment of woodwind combinations.

This flexibility allows the composition to be performed by a great variety of musicians and many combinations. Have fun and enjoy this charming music!!!

Czech bands always included singers. The singing is inte- gral and should be rendered as a duet although solo voice would suffice. This medley of 5 popular Czech songs, retains the original Czech words, but adds an English version, paraphrased by Anita Smisek, from the original. A Czech pronunciation guide is included for those wishing to sing it in the original language.page2image14704 page2image14864 page2image15024

Performance Notes

CZECH POLKA MEDLEY FOR Clarinet Choir (AP-02154) with optional drum set and 2-part vocal may be performed in conjuction with four other woodwind combinations

.• Octet (2 Ob, 2 Bb Clts, 2 FHns, 2 Bsns) (AP-02116) 

• Sextet (2 Clts or Obs, 2 FHns, 2 Bsns)

• Quintet (Clnt-Flute-Oboe combinations, 2 FHns, 1 Bsn), choosing either the higher or lower register,

• Saxophone Choir [AATTB] (use AP-02021)

A combination of these editions together will provide a large woodwind choir experience utilizing all the woodwinds in the concert band. Perfect for large group festival and concert band performances.

Within CZECH POLKA MEDLEY the major key changes are from F - C, and Eb - Ab - Eb.

Closely observe the tempo of a 108 pulse per quarter note (no more than a 116). Tempo should not be rushed, rather, lay back and allow the music to ‘breathe.’ Accents and dynamics will shape the sound of these wonderful melodies. Allow them to soar! Don’t be timid—even over-do them a bit. Above all, enjoy them and have fun! Feel the music! Move with it!

People love to dance a two-step and what is more fun than to dance a polka? The polka was birthed in the Czech lands in the 19th century (as pulka). Czech polka melodies are perhaps the most popular melodies in the world. The Beer Barrel Polka, whose original title was Škoda Láský (Tis a Pity, Love) was voted the most popular song of the 20th century. What could be a better stage than this? So, let's polka.

—jb 2008