Recent recordings of music for the ‘forgotten composers’ of the 1860s are available on SoundCloud

Listen to the Myrtle Villa Polka by Franz Becker, 1840-1897

The work was advertised in the Newcastle Chronicle in 1876:
“We have received a very charming polka, bearing the above euphonious title, dedicated to our esteemed townsman W. K. Lochhead, Esq., and composed by the popular Maestro, Herr Franz Becker. Our fair readers will find the composition remarkably pleasing, being in an easy key, and without any of those sudden transitions which at times render polka music rather difficult of rendition. We heartily commend Myrtle Villa polka to the notice of our music-loving friends. Mater and Co. of Pitt-street, Sydney, are the publishers.”
(Newcastle Chronicle, 22 Jan 1876, 4)

Myrtle Villa Polka by Franz Becker
Myrtle Villa Polka by Franz Becker

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