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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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Z nad Ebru fale goniąc spojrzeniem,
Młoda cyganka siedziała,
Z brzękiem gitary, z cichem westchnieniem,
Szemrania wichru słuchała.

I tak dumając, oparła rękę,
W niebo rzuciła spojrzeniem,
I z nową łezką, z nowem westchnieniem,
Taką śpiewała piosenkę:

Żegnam was góry, żegnam was lasy,
I ciebie, echo kochane,
Co płacz dziecięcia, co śpiew dziewczyny,
Niesiesz w krainy nieznane.

Żegnam was ojcze, żegnam was matki,
Gdyż matki nigdym nie miała,
Nikt mej kolebki nie przybrał w kwiatki,
Dłoń obca pierś mi podała.

Żegnam was, żegnam, gdyż między wami
Napróżno śledzę oczyma,
By się pożegnać z braćmi, siostrami,
Sierota rodzeństwa nie ma!

Żegnam was góry, żegnam doliny,
Po raz ostatni już może,
Choć wczoraj jeszcze z moją drużyną,
Wieczorną witałam zorzę.



I śpiew skończyła, gitara spadła,
Z brzękiem się struny ozwały,
A twarz cyganki jak lilia zbladła,
Dwie łezki z ócz się polały.