mazurka

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mazurka a Polish national dance in triple time
    • n mazurka music composed for dancing the mazurka
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Mazurka A Polish dance, or the music which accompanies it, usually in 3-4 or 3-8 measure, with a strong accent on the second beat.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mazurka A lively Polish dance, properly for four or eight pairs of dancers, originally performed with a singing accompaniment. The steps and figures are various, and may be improvised. The more modern mazurka is a polka with two sliding steps instead of one; the music is in triple time.
    • n mazurka 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. Older mazurkas usually have a drone bass. The prominence of the mazurka form is mainly due to the predilection shown for it in the works of Chopin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mazurka a lively Polish round dance for four or eight couples: the music such as is played to it.
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Usage

In literature:

You distinctly refuse to play me a Chopin valse or mazurka?
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
Mazurkas from a torn heart!
"Unfinished Portraits" by Jennette Lee
Meanwhile, the mazurka was drawing to a close.
"Fathers and Children" by Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
At last, on the delicate tinkle of a dying mazurka, Cunningham stopped quite suddenly, and silence succeeded for a while.
"Carnival" by Compton Mackenzie
A fine orchestra played quadrilles, polkas, mazurkas.
"Monsieur Cherami" by Charles Paul de Kock
A Mazurka or two will add zest to any group of his works on a recital program.
"How to Appreciate Music" by Gustav Kobbé
The Jeliagins announced that Natalie danced the mazurka like a true woman of Warsaw.
"Asbeïn" by Ossip Schubin
Already the master of the ceremonies came to know if I preferred a mazurka or a waltz.
"The Dodd Family Abroad, Vol. I.(of II)" by Charles James Lever
I played Chopin's mazurkas until my brain reeled.
"'O Thou, My Austria!'" by Ossip Schubin
She must teach them to read, write, and speak French, and play a few mazurkas on the piano.
"Travels in the Steppes of the Caspian Sea, the Crimea, the Caucasus, &c." by Xavier Hommaire de Hell
He rose, sat at the piano, and began to play Chopin's mazurka.
"Hania" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
Just then a good many couples were dancing a mazurka.
"Tales From Jókai" by Mór Jókai
The mazurka over, he began to think that Valentina would not come.
"The Fourth Estate, vol. 2" by Armando Palacio Valdés
The ballet was long, but interesting, all the mazurkas of the Empire were danced in costume.
"Letters of a Diplomat's Wife" by Mary King Waddington
Waltz, menuet, mazurka, and polonaise are all in three-fourth time and are not confined to a definite tempo.
"Piano Playing" by Josef Hofmann
The polka-mazurka is still much danced, and is certainly very graceful.
"The Gentlemen's Book of Etiquette and Manual of Politeness" by Cecil B. Hartley
Mazurka (Chopin), 65, 186.
"Franz Liszt" by James Huneker
Someone was at the piano playing a mazurka of Chopin's.
"Cape of Storms" by Percival Pollard
The theme was in somewhat the nature of a mazurka, sweet and graceful.
"A Russian Proprietor" by Lyof N. Tolstoi
She played also a Mazurka by Schulhoff, and one or two other pieces.
"Three Months Abroad" by Anna Vivanti
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In news:

A lovely manor home in the tiny (population 65) village of Zelazowa Wola will be Mr Ohlsson's concert stage and Chopin 's very own 1848 Pleyel, his instrument for a program of polonaises, mazurkas, and the Ballade No.
Mazurka in f, Op 63/2.
Mazurka in B, Op 41/3.
Costumed in traditional Scandinavian outfits, the duo (fiddle and accordion) will play polkas, waltzes, schottisches, mazurkas, and other rhythms.
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