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- n. A dance, the krakowiak.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A lively Polish dance, in 2-4 time.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Polish dance of graceful and fanciful character, somewhat like the mazurka.
- n. Music written for or in imitation of the movement of such a dance, in duple rhythm with frequent syncopations.
The cracovienne is a Polish dance for a large and brilliant company and just as Paderewski recalled in his minuet the stately assemblage of days long past, so in his cracovienne he gives us a brilliant picture of a ballroom scene in his native Poland when that country was still in its glory and not partitioned among three nations of Europe.
I saw Fanny Elssler dance the _cracovienne_ and the _cachucha_, and it is a memory which will linger with me always.
"Two waltzes," said Trix, counting on her fingers; "that's two; one cracovienne, that's three; les lanciers, that's four; one galop, that's five; and one polka quadrille, that's six.