Mazurka (Pol. mazur)
- Stephen Downes
Polish folk dance from the Mazovia region. Mazovian folk culture is notably diverse; the 19th-century collector of Polish folksongs Oskar Kolberg divided the region into ‘Polne’ (‘field’), ‘Lesne’ (‘forest’), ‘Stare’ (‘old’) and ‘Pruskie’ (‘Prussian’) areas, but with social and environmental changes the boundaries between these traditions have not always remained distinct. The most clearly defined area is ‘field’ Mazovia, which has identifiable traditions in dress, decorative arts and architecture. Chopin spent his childhood in this area and was greatly influenced by its musical culture, features of which are still found in the repertory of folk ensembles today....