1. Ach ubogi żłobie - (2:24)
2. Anioł pasterzom mówił - (2:12)
3. Bóg się rodzi - (2:33)
4. Cieszmy się - (1:51)
5. Dnia jednego o północy - (2:01)
6. Do szopy, hej pasterze - (2:36)
7. Dzisiaj w Betlejem - (2:24)
8. Gdy się Chrystus rodzi - (3:34)
9. Hej w dzień narodzenia - (1:46)
10. Jam jest dudka - (1:38)
11. Jezus malusieńki - (2:33)
12. Jezusa narodzonego - (1:56)
13. Lulajże Jezuniu - (2:52)
14. Mędrcy świata - (2:12)
15. O Gwiazdo Betlejemska - (2:56)
16. Oj! Maluśki - (2:14)
17. Pójdźmy wszyscy do stajenki - (1:56)
18. Północ już była- (2:14)
19. Przybieżeli do Betlejem - (2:37)
20. Śliczna Panienka - (2:31)
21. Triumfy Króla Niebieskiego - (1:57)
22. W Żłobie leży - (2:36)
23. Wśród nocnej ciszy - (4:36)
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Traditional Polish Music
Polish folk music was collected in the 19th century by Oskar Kolberg, as part of a wave of Polish national revival. With the coming of the world wars and then the Communist state, folk traditions were oppressed or subsumed into state-approved folk ensembles. The most famous of the state ensembles are Mazowsze and Śląsk, both of which still perform. Though these bands had a regional touch to their output, the overall sound was a homogenized mixture of Polish styles. There were more authentic state-supported groups, such as Słowianki, but the Communist sanitized image of folk music made the whole field seem unhip to young audiences, and many traditions dwindled rapidly.
Polish dance music, especially the mazurka and polonaise, were popularized by Frederick Chopin, and they soon spread across Europe and elsewhere. These are triple time dances, while five-beat forms are more common in the northeast and duple-time dances like the krakowiak come from the south. The polonaise comes from the French word for Polish to identify its origin among the Polish aristocracy, who had adapted the dance from a slower walking dance called chodzony. The polonaise then re-entered the scene and became an integral part of Polish music.
Poland's five national dances (Mazur, Polonez, Kujawiak, Krakowiak, Waltz), as well as modern dance, contemporary dance and ballet are all widely performed today throughout the Polonia community.
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Helena Modjeska (October 12, 1840 – April 8, 1909, whose actual Polish surname was Modrzejewska (Polish pronunciation: [mɔdʐɛˈjɛfska]), was a renowned actress who specialized in Shakespearean and tragic roles.
Modjeska was the mother of Polish-American bridge engineer Ralph Modjeski.
The film trailer "Modjeska" (left) promotes the 2009 stylized documentary which tells the American journey of the iconic Polish actress Helena Modjeska who refined theatre in the US by simply following her heart. She was the voice of Poland as well as the voice of women. She inspired world-class artists. Adored and admired for her beauty and nobility, she never forgot her true nature and the influence of Mother Nature on her art. The film describes the metaphysical journey of Modjeska's spirit, her earliest impressions and her commitment to humanity. It explores a longing for love.
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The song featured in the video on the right is a beloved Polish folk song called Hej Sokoły (Hey Falcon). This particular rendition is performed by Krzystof Krawczyk, a popular Polish singer.
Hej Sokoły relates the emotions of a soldier who had to leave his Ukrainian sweetheart to defend his homeland. As he lay dying on the battlefield, he calls out to falcons flying overhead and begs them to carry his love back to her, though he knows he shall never see her again. CLICK HERE for chords and lyrics. CLICK HERE if you would like to sing and play along with Maryla Rodowicz, another great Polish performer, as she performs Hej Sokoły!
(Guitar tabs are available)
Graj, Panu, Graj!
Polonia Music's Christmas album "Graj, Panu, Graj!" is now available for purchase.
“Graj, Panu, Graj!:
23 Instrumental Kolędy i Pastorałki Treasures”
The album is the creation of Bob Johnson, a Polish-American with a deep appreciation for Polish music, especially Polish Christmas carols. As a boy growing up in Buffalo, Bob was an active member of the St. Stanislaus Boys Choir and a piano student at the Villa Maria School of Music. He began playing folk guitar when he was in high school and has since enjoyed playing his favorite Polish Christmas songs on guitar for his family. His soothing fingerpicking style is perfect for the Polish songs he cherished as a boy. Proud of his Polish roots, Bob hopes to pass down his love for Polish music to his four grandchildren, who join him on this album as special guest vocalists.
The beautiful mural that spans the sanctuary dome at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Rochester, New York is the work of Buffalo artist Joseph Mazur. It depicts 18 saints, kings, and beatified holy ones who figure prominently in the history of Catholicism in Poland and Eastern Europe. Who are they?
Check Your Knowledge:
Can you identify the saints, kings, and beatified holy ones portrayed above the High Altar at St. Stan's Kostka Church?
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"I have a sweet tooth for song and music. This is my Polish sin."
- Blessed John Paul II
- CLICK HERE to complete the UBC/Piast Institute Survey of Polish Americans 2013
- CLICK HERE to pray the Rosary with Blessed Pope John Paul ll.
- CLICK HERE to view photos of my recent trip to Poland.
to view Polish stoneware and beautifully handcrafted Bolesławiec pottery directly from Poland.
One of the many things I like best about Ludowa Nuta (Hamilton, Ontario) is their use of traditional acoustic Polish instruments. - Bob Johnson, Polonia Music CLICK HERE
Pray the Rosary with
Blessed Pope John Paul ll
Polonia Music's mission is to provide an online collection of the most cherished Polish songs enjoyed by people of Polish heritage. It is hoped that the collection will serve as a resource for anyone interested in traditional Polish music, Poland, and Polonia. Whenever possible, video, audio, links, lyrics and chords are provided to enhance your visit.
Pilecki actually let himself get captured in order to find out what was going on in Auschwitz.
A true Polish hero!
Rotamaster Witold Pilecki (1901-1948) was the only person in history who volunteered to be imprisoned in Nazi German concentration camp. Pilecki was a founder of prisoners underground organization in KL Auschwitz - Union of Military Organizations (Związek Organizacji Wojskowej, ZOW). After World War 2, Pilecki has been murdered by the communists in Stalin's occupied Poland.
Babcia Mug with Polish White Eagle - Kubek Babcia z Bialym Orlem. 12oz. Made in Poland. 12oz. Made in Poland.
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The Polonez (Polonais) is one of Poland's five national dances, and learning to dance the Polonez is
part of the high school curriculum. Enjoy!
Welcome to the world of Polish heritage music!
UBC/Piast Institute Survey of Polish Americans 2013
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Rose Petal Jam
Part memoir and part travelogue, this unique cookbook that the story of Beata Zatorska's childhood in rural Poland, mixing stories of her youth and her grandmother’s handwritten recipes with stunning photos of Poland in summer. Included are more than 60 recipes for traditional Polish home cooked meals, from poppyseed cake and pierogi to fruit-flavored summer liqueurs. The photography—ranging across locales such as Warsaw, Poznan, the Tatra Mountains, and the Baltic Sea—showcases the Polish landscape and its influence on the country’s distinct cuisine.