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Idzie Maciek - Polish Folk Music *** Nursery Rhymes *** Folk Music Ensembles *** Muzyka Ludowa *** Biesiada
Polish Folk Music *** Nursery Rhymes *** Folk Music Ensembles *** Muzyka Ludowa *** Biesiada 

Idzie Maciek 
Performed by Yanka Milewska
Key of C minor
                               Guitar capo position: 3rd fret

E                 Am 
Idzie Maciek bez wies,
B7 E
Z bijakiem za pasem,
Przyśpiewuje sobie,
B7 E
Dana, dana czasem.
C                G
A kto mu w drodze ztoi,
Am             E
Tego pałką bez łeb złoi,
              Am    E                 Am 
Oj danaż moja dana, dana, dana!

E                   Am 
Umarł Maciek umarł
B7   E
I lezy na desce,
Zeby mu zagrali
B7    E
Podskocyłby jesce!
C                   G
Bo w Mazurze taka dusa
Am                  E
Ze choć umrze to się  rusa!
              Am    E                 Am
Oj danaż moja dana, dana, dana!

This song is about Maciek who loved to sing, but had the nasty habit of hitting anyone who got in his way with his cane. He's dead now, but surely a lively mazur (mazurka) dance would bring him back to life. But does anyone really want to extend the favor to such an unkind man?

Be careful dancing the Mazurek, Maciek. You could hurt your foot!

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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, Oberek), as well as modern dance, contemporary dance and ballet are all widely performed today throughout the Polonia community.

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