“Frolicsome Polka,” piano solo, composed in 2003 by Nina Soyfer.
This award-winning piece has been enjoyed by a number of people in Canada and Ukraine. It is an expression of how I envisioned this dance (“stylized polka”) translated into music language.
Enjoy this live performance video of Frolicsome Polka, and scroll down to read about the history of this piece’s creation. Click here to preview its score and percussion arrangement. To order sheet music and percussion arrangement parts, please contact Nina Soyfer using the contact form below.
History of Creation:
“Frolicsome Polka” was originally composed for solo piano in 2003. It then was entered into a competition in the Ukraine titled Dance. It took third prize and was selected for a public performance. It was premiered by myself, and soon thereafter published as a facsimile in Suzir’ya Muz (Constellation of Muses) – a monthly magazine of M.D. Leontovich Music College of Arts and Culture, in Vinnytsia, Ukraine, 2003. Several of my colleagues at the time reported the ‘catchiness’ of the piece. Additional positive feedback followed its Canadian premiere at a York University solo recital in 2011 (as seen in the video).
These and the piece’s uplifting energy were among the key factors contributing to my decision to arrange it for added percussion (in 2009-2010).