Czardas


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Czardas

 

a Hungarian folk dance performed by couples to 2/4 time. The czardas, which appeared in the mid-19th century, consists of one slow section and one fast, impetuous section. It has syncopated rhythms, and many steps are improvised. The czardas served as the basis of ballroom dance that became popular in Russia in the early 20th century as the vengerka. Musical reworkings of the czardas are found in Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies, Brahms’ Hungarian Dances, Delibes’s Coppélia, and Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.

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For instance, in the czardas, the open palm at the back of the head and the intricate footwork probably come from peasant dancers showing off the finery of their costumes, especially the hats and scalloped boots unique to Hungary.
Elaine, studying popular music and recording at Salford University, will be performing the Toy Soldier's March by Fritz Kreisler, Czardas by Vittorio Monti and her classical version of Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal.
The choreography reflected the different culture of each destination where the violin emerged, from formal waltzes and gallops to passionate tangos and czardas - gypsy traditional Hungarian folk dances.
Philip, who has recorded with Mantovani and performed with Max Jaffa at Scarborough, will feature such favourites as Chanson de Martin, South Pacific, Monte's Czardas and Massenet's Meditation.
In the meantime, the pupil of Heart of England School in Balsall Common is perfecting her czardas, a character dance she will be performing in the production.
It is an obstinate Hungarian Gypsy, Fanny, who organizes the celebration; she rearranges the furniture, and teaches everyone in the cell to dance Hungarian czardas, while she sings along Gypsy folk-tunes.
The national dances, in which we look so faux, were riveting, because the dancers know how to perform a czardas, a mazurka, how to toss their heads and wear their gloves and slide a foot on the floor as if slitting open a letter with it.
At one point in Spewack's autobiography a czardas is heard from across the street, played in celebration of her mother's second marriage.
The first, Gypsy Airs, a double act of mournful, heart-rending rhapsodising - played with an achingly sweet tone and exquisite phrasing, despite its technical trickery which included pacy runs with seamless switches from bow to finger work, and a madcap, virtuoistic czardas where tone was at times sacrificed to tempo.
In fact the ballet is a dazzling compendium of the elements which make up a marvellous evening's theatre, stunning costumes, evocative sets (both by Peter Farmer and a triumph in every respect) lighting by Peter Teigen which is one of the quiet pleasures of the evening, and on top of all this the score by Delibes with a czardas in Act One that brings the whole company sweeping down the stage and sets your hair on end with its sweep and style.
And guest soloist Adam Nyberg, a violinist from South Shields, will play the fiery Czardas.
Ibria, which closed the concert, save for the encore - a rumbustious performance of the pompous Czardas from Dlibes' ballet Copplia - explored the vast orchestral palette of colours which Debussy used with abandon.