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Uploaded on Feb 19, 2011
"Paganini composed the charming Polacca con variazioni around 1810. It is a fanciful flight that can add color to your program. Sadly, only the autograph of the solo-violin part survives. Italian scholar and orchestrator Pietro Spada drafted a historically well-informed orchestral accompaniment to the piece; a piano reduction of his accompaniment is provided in a 2003 edition published by Boccaccini and Spada Editori.
The "polacca" or "polonaise"—a ceremonial dance form—has a long history in Western European music. Baroque composers (Telemann, for example) and such Classical composers as Mozart would often include one as a movement in their longer compositions. Paganini himself wrote two others: the flirtatious last movement of the Violin Concerto No. 3 (Polacca) and the more serious last movement of the Violin Concerto No. 6 (Rondo ossia polonese)". (Maia Jasper in Strings Magazine, retrieved Feb, 19, 2011)