from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Polish dance resembling the polka, frequently adopted as a ballet form.
- n. A piece of music for such a dance, written in 3/4 or 3/8 time with the second beat heavily accented.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A Polish folk dance in triple time, usually moderately fast, containing a heavy accent on the third beat and occasionally the second beat.
- n. A classical musical composition inspired by the folk dance and conforming in some respects to its form, particularly as popularized by Chopin.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A lively Polish dance, properly for four or eight pairs of dancers, originally performed with a singing accompaniment.
- n. Music for such a dance or in its rhythm, which is triple and moderately rapid, with a capricious accent on the second beat of the measure.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a Polish national dance in triple time
- n. music composed for dancing the mazurka
My last remarks hold good with the fourth mazurka, which is bleak and joyless till, with the entrance of A major, a fairer prospect opens.
The mazurka part is how the poem 'turns' on its one-word lines, all of them adjectives.
Mr. CARLOS SANDRONI (Ethnomusicologist, University of Pernambuco): You have polka, waltz and - what's more - mazurka.
Does a discussion of the Lydian mode really enhance the layman's enjoyment of a mazurka?
HUIZENGA: So this particular mazurka, it starts out with a very identifiable theme, and it's fine, and you think you know where it's going.
But many Poles hold on to him as a very special person, a very special musician whose music really says Poland, especially when he took different forms, Polish dances, like the mazurka, and took a rustic dance and made high art out of it.
(Soundbite of song, "Mazurka in F Sharp Minor") RAZ: And that mazurka we're hearing, Tom, is by the great Arthur Rubinstein.
And I think something that's special about this particular performance and this mazurka, it points out something that you can find in many places in Chopin's music, which is fascinating to me, and that is this idea that the music sounds like it's off the cuff, and it couldn't be further from the truth.
The following clip shows the mazurka as performed on May 3, 2008 at the University of Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland.
The antagonist will burst into a room to start grappling with the hero – except, of course, the hero was just on the other side of the room, making me wonder how he got by the arguing waiters and mazurka-playing band, not to mention the chocolate fountain.