De Villemessant, the dedicatee of the 'Figaro-Polka', championed Strauss in his newspaper. Strauss acknowledged de Villemessant's role in his Paris success and therefore dedicated the new polka to the latter. Its premiére was on 30 July 1867 at the Cercle International building at the Paris International Exhibition with the orchestra of Benjamin Bilse.
The polka is in the 'French-polka' style. The piece begins with chords in F major, and proceeds at a relaxed pace, with a lively finale.
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Based on original text by Peter Kemp, The Johann Strauss Society of Great Britain. Used with permission.