The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #33332   Message #501782
Posted By: IanC
09-Jul-01 - 07:55 AM
Thread Name: Origin: Bluebell Polka (Jimmy Shand?)
Subject: RE: Bluebell Polka
Well, this is beginning to look like just me reporting back.

I finally managed to get to the BL at the weekend and managed to get a copy of the Baker/Koenig music. It's no. 3 of "Popular Dance Music arranged for the pianoforte as solos or duets by Thomas Baker", publisher John Shephard, 98, Newgate Street, London (Ent.Sta.Hall.) Price 1s/=.

As it's a duet, with anything up to 16 notes at a time arranged for 4 hands, I have found it a bit difficult to pick out the melody. Next Sunday, I'm going to get 2 elderly Quaker ladies to play it for me on the Bechstein Concert Grand in our Meeting House. Until then, it remains a mystery though it doesn't look to me like the tune is right. At least it's in 3 parts, though.

Can anyone tell me more about Hermann Louis Koenig, the composer of this piece (and also of "The Eclipse Polka" and "The German Polka") or about Thomas Baker?