Salon Polka for flute sextet
Tchaikovsky penned this gentrification of the polka, typically a peasant dance, labeling it “Salon Polka”. Whether the court folk actually danced to it is probably moot. Delightfully, it is a lively, foot tapping piece for the enjoyment of performers and audience members alike. The first part, noted for piccolo and flute, should be performed by a single player. A steady and bright tempo throughout will keep the style alive and make it a pleasant feature for any program.