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.
The mazurek in its primitive form and as the common people dance is only a kind of krakowiak, only less lively and less sautillant.
The krakowiak [says Albert Sowinski in chant polonais] bubbles over with esprit and gaiety; its name indicates its origin.
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.
Thus much of the krakowiak; now to the more interesting second of the triad.
The krakowiak resembles in its figures a simplified polonaise; it represents, compared with the latter, a less advanced social state.
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.
Carpathians call the mazurek danced by the inhabitants of the plain but a dwarfed krakowiak.
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.
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.
Dancing with the troupe’s 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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