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Thread #39590   Message #1028483
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
02-Oct-03 - 10:38 PM
Thread Name: Mexican Music - German Origins?
Subject: RE: Mexican Music - German Origins?
Mentioned before are the singvereins in Texas. One large colony came with the Prince of New Braunfels (a Texas city named for him). He brought several well-educated people with him- I believe the year was 1854. When I was at University in Austin, among the texts I used to learn German were some discards from the schools in the central Texas area where German was used along with English in the elementary grades.

With regard to the polka, however, this became a popular dance in England and the States in the mid-Victorian period. Queen Victoria's court learned and danced it (influence of the Hanoverians and Prince Albert most likely). Many American polkas and mazurkas were written during the 19th century, just check the sheet music. The polka should not be associated with any single group of settlers.