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stevethesqueeze 14 Jan 04 - 08:15 AM
Sorcha 14 Jan 04 - 09:43 AM
stevethesqueeze 15 Jan 04 - 03:47 AM
GUEST,davetnova 15 Jan 04 - 04:09 AM
greg stephens 15 Jan 04 - 10:06 AM
GUEST,Pete Peterson 15 Jan 04 - 10:09 AM
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Subject: polka trio
From: stevethesqueeze
Date: 14 Jan 04 - 08:15 AM

does anyone know why some polka tunes have an aditional third part, the "trio" attached to them?

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Subject: RE: polka trio
From: Sorcha
Date: 14 Jan 04 - 09:43 AM

Becasuse




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Subject: RE: polka trio
From: stevethesqueeze
Date: 15 Jan 04 - 03:47 AM

Thats what I mean. I cant see what the "because" would be. Most dance tunes follow the 8 bars and two parts thing, but how and why did the idea of the third part come into it? After all a polka dance doesnt follow a set procedure like a country dance. Perhaps no one now knows why it is.

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Subject: RE: polka trio
From: GUEST,davetnova
Date: 15 Jan 04 - 04:09 AM

Twosteps often have trios attached to them too, maybe its just to add variety to a longish dance.


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Subject: RE: polka trio
From: greg stephens
Date: 15 Jan 04 - 10:06 AM

Same reason as most marches have a trio, generally involving a slow moving tune in the sub-dominant key (compared to the key of the first strain): because it sounds nice.
(But that's just a guess. It might be because it says so in the Book of Lweviticus).


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Subject: RE: polka trio
From: GUEST,Pete Peterson
Date: 15 Jan 04 - 10:09 AM

Don't know but speculation: classical ragtime as exemplified by Scott Joplin, James Scott, Kerry Mills ETC. often featured two parts and a "trio" which was a third part, usually in the key with one less sharp (a fourth higher). And now that I think of it, the Sousa marches that I played in HS band a long time ago would do the same thing. So. . . "composers" of polkas followed an established pattern. (Next question-- why that pattern? dunno)


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