from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A lively, syncopated Polish dance in duple time.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A lively Polish dance. See cracovienne.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as Cracovienne.


Polish (Wiktionary)


  • The mazurek in its primitive form and as the common people dance is only a kind of krakowiak, only less lively and less sautillant.

    Frederic Chopin as a Man and Musician

  • The krakowiak [says Albert Sowinski in chant polonais] bubbles over with esprit and gaiety; its name indicates its origin.

    Frederic Chopin as a Man and Musician

  • Often also the krakowiak represents, in a kind of little ballet, the simple course of a love-affair: one sees a couple of young people place themselves before the orchestra; the young man looks proud, presumptuous, preoccupied with his costume and beauty.

    Frederic Chopin as a Man and Musician

  • Thus much of the krakowiak; now to the more interesting second of the triad.

    Frederic Chopin as a Man and Musician

  • The krakowiak resembles in its figures a simplified polonaise; it represents, compared with the latter, a less advanced social state.

    Frederic Chopin as a Man and Musician

  • For completeness 'sake I shall preface the description of the mazurka by a short one of the krakowiak, the third of the triad of principal Polish dances.

    Frederic Chopin as a Man and Musician

  • Carpathians call the mazurek danced by the inhabitants of the plain but a dwarfed krakowiak.

    Frederic Chopin as a Man and Musician

  • When the rhythm picks up, quasi-krakowiak, the mutual filigree between piano and inflamed orchestra becomes dramatically intense, certainly on a par with the classic collaborations by Brailowsky and Rubinstein.

    Audiophile Audition Headlines

  • Chopin based much of his music on some of the same dances this company has performed in 50 countries around the world - dances such as the mazurka, the krakowiak and the polonaise. - Home Page

  • Dancing with the troupe‚Äôs young people, including three of her own grandchildren, makes her feel like a girl again in the village of Rabka, learning the steps to the krakowiak and mazur.

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