ALEXANDRE NIKOLAEVICH BENOIS (Russian-French 1870-1960)
    Polonaise Militaire
    Watercolor and gouache over pencil on paper
    12 x 9 inches (30.5 x 22.9 cm)

    Arie Togliani

    Alexandre Benois was a member of the intellectually and artistically prominent Benois family of St. Petersburg, Russia. Both his father and brother were important imperial architects. While earning a law degree, Benois developed a circle of friends that included Sergei Diaghilev (1872-1929) and Leon Bakst (1866-1924), and together they founded the Ballets Russes in 1909. While Benois produced costume and set designs for the Ballets Russes, he also worked with the Moscow Art Theatre and others.

    The polonaise is a Polish dance which began as a folk dance and then became popular among the nobility. It is in 3/4 time and has a rather stately character, which Benois is making fun of in the present work, and which doubtless refers to the most famous of all the polonaises written for the piano in the nineteenth century, the Polonaise Militaire by Chopin.

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    December, 2007
    6th-7th Thursday-Friday
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