Foxtrot. Music for ballroom dancing.

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The king of the dance cannot be easy. Viennese (aka fast) waltz, the most difficult to perform. After all, you need to have mutual understanding in the pair and elegance in steps and lines. Taut body, closed position and smoothness must be present.

Foxtrot - the bourgeois chic and unbridled fun of the great era


Foxtrot began its triumphal march around the world in 1912. Its homeland is the United States. The name of the dance speaks and means "quick fox step. The peak of popularity of both music and dance came in the 1940s. The dance was brought to the Soviet Union from Paris. It was extremely popular during the NEP era. The glamorous foxtrot became a symbol of the 1920s.

There are several types of foxtrot, each of which uses its own special musical accompaniment:

Quickstep (the fastest type of dance and music of this style, developed under the strong influence of jazz and the Charleston, its rhythm is 50-52 beats per minute);
Slowbox (slow version of the dance, characterized by smooth graceful movements, its rhythm is 28-30 beats per minute);
Soshial (called the "folk" foxtrot, performed on the spot, does not require a large hall and special skills, it is quite active).

The music for the foxtrot is sometimes quite opposite in style and tempo. They can be slow, very energetic and languidly lyrical. In general, the music is considered marching, with a clear 4/4 rhythm. The compositions differ in the variety of rhythmic pattern, and one composition may combine slow and fast fragments.

The foxtrot had a noticeable influence on classical music. Its motifs can be found in the final movement of Shostakovich's First Piano Concerto and Suite No. 1. D. Shostakovich, in the opera Gianni Schicchi by G. Puccini, and in the Suite from the music for the feature film Time, Ahead by G. Sviridov.

The world's most famous foxtrots, composers, and bands
Some of the most famous foxtrots in the world include the following musical compositions:

"Bublichki" (performed by the famous L.O. Utesov, the authors of the words and music are unknown);
"John Grey" (composer - Matvey Blanter, author of words - Vladimir Moss, appeared in 1923);
"On Carnival" (an arrangement of Harry Warren's composition Go into Your Dance by Alexander Varlamov, 1935);
"Hallelujah!" (Vincent Youmans, 1927);
"Blooming May" (Arthur Polonsky, 1932).

Interestingly, Rachmaninoff loved foxtrots, noting their peculiar and inimitable rhythm. M. A. Bulgakov and M. Gorky disliked them. A. Bulgakov and M. Gorky, considering them cynical.

Nevertheless, the foxtrot remains a popular dance, and the music to accompany it is always relevant. And it is not surprising, because the dance is part of the standard program of European dances.