All the songs were collected and elaborated for solo voices and a male choir with music performed by the Polish Radio Orchestra and conducted by professor Jerzy Kolaczkowski. This disc was released on the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II and the 75th anniversary of the victory in the Battle of Warsaw.
Song Title Information:
1. Bywaj dziewcze zdrowe (Pozegnianie) - A lyrical song of an insurgent bidding farewell to his sweetheart before he marches off to fight. It was probably written in 1830 at the beginning of the November Uprising. Up to this day it has remained one of the most popular patriotic songs. Its author is unknown.
2. Mazur wojenny (Nasz Chlopicki wojak dzielny) - A song about the Commander-In-Chief of the November Uprising, general Jozef Chlopicki. It was performed for the first time on December 28, 1830 at the National Theatre in Warsaw. Karol Kurpinski (1785-1857) composed the music and the text's author is probably Jedrzej Slowaczynski.
3. Warszawianka - To this day it is one of the most famous and patriotic was songs. The text of this sonf was written by the French poet Casimir Dalevigne, fascinated by the news reaching Paris about the freedom uprising of the Poles, translation from the French text was done by Karol Sienkiewicz (1793-1860) historian, publicist and poet (cousin grandfather of Henryk Sienkiewicz). The song was performed for this first time under the direction of the composer Karol Kurpinski on April 5, 1831 during the interlude of a spectacle and the National Theatre. Thanks to its ravishing melody "Warszawianka" won hug popularity and to the present day is performed during patriotic celebrations. Undoubtedly it is the most splendid and remarkable song of the November Uprising.
4. Tysiac walecznych (Polk czwarty)- Patriotic song about the bloody battle of Olszynka Grochowska. Its authors are foreigner: music was composed by the Frenchman, Joseph Denis-Doche, text was written by Julius Mosen (1803-1867), German writer and poet. He wrote this poem in honor of the ten rescued soldiers from the Fourth Regiment emigrating through Prussia. Mosen's text was translated by Jan Nepomucen Kaminski (1777-1855), actor, director and founder of the Polish Theatre in Lwow, author of numerous theatrical pieces and texts of patriotic songs. Commemorated in this song the Fourth Infantry Regiment of the Polish Kingdom made itself famous by winning the Arsenal during the November night, which had a key importance for the further development of the uprising. Soldier of this Regiment became famous also in the battles of Zakrzew, Dobre and Wawer, and in the heroic defense of Olszynka Grochowska and Warsaw.
5. Do broni ludy (Marsz Mieroslawskiego) - A revolutionary fighting song from the period of the Uprsing in Wielkopolska, the Peoples Spring of 1848. The aria from the famous opera of Gaetano Donizetti, "Lucja z Lammermoor" was adorned by the text of an unknown author. Up to this day very willingly performed by various military bands.
6. Jeszcze jeden mazur dzisiaj (Ostatni mazur) - Very popular to the present day this mazur is in the repertory of many military bands and folk groups. The text's author is Ludwik Ksawer Lubinski (1839-1892). writer of many poetic patriotic pieces of work, participant in the January Uprising. The melody's creator, Fabian Tymolski (1828-1885) composer of about 200 dances (mazurki, polonezy, polki, marsze, krakowiaki and kolomyjki) known only today for this unique song.
7. Marsz zuawow - One of the most famous songs of the January Uprising. Words of this song were written by Wlodzimeirz Wolski (1824-1882) poet of the Warsaw bohemia, known first of all as author of librettos to "Halka" and "Hrabina" operas of Stanislaw Moniuszko and also as an author of texts of many soldier's and patriotic songs. Wolski wrote this song in honor of the insurrectional division formed on the model of the French infantry division in Alger and from their name "zouave" called "Zuawy smierci". Volunteers joining Zuawy swore they would never shirk from the enemy and would never surrender. They could choose victory or death on the battlefield. Their bravery and heroism made them famous n the January Uprising and won them popularity and sympathy in society.
8. W krwawym polu (Pobudka) - The song "W krwawym polu srebne ptasze" is also known under the titles: "Pobudka", "Sygnal" or "Piesn z obozu Jezioranskiego", was created toward the end of February 1863 in Lwow to bid farewell to the insurgents leaving for the guerilla warfare. Words were written by the known poet Wincenty Pol (1807-1872), music composed by Alfred Bojarski (1826-1901), musician-amateur, social activist. At first this song was performed by the insurgrnts in the camp of Antoni Jesioranski. Very quickly it won general popularity in all Polish annexed territories.
9. Hej strzelcy wraz (Piesn strzelcow) - Music and words of "Piesn strzelcow" were written in 1863 by Wladyslaw Ladwik Anczyc (1823-1883), poet, playwright, known first of all as the author of the piece "Kosziuszko pod Raclawicami". "Piesn strzelcow" is also known under the title "Marsz strzelcow from 1863". In the years for the 1st World War it was the favorite Legionaries song.
10. Jak to na wojence ladnie (Piosenka ulanska) - The origins of the song go b ack to the January Uprising of 1863. Text was based on folk sources written by Wladyslaw Tarnowski (pseudonym Ernest Bulawa). The song became very popular in the years of the first World War.
11. Wojenko, wojenko - One of the most popular songs from the first World War. It was probably created in August, 1917 and at once was enormously popular. The text's author is unknown.
12. Przybyli ulani
13. O moj rozmarynie
14. Hej, hej ulani
16. A czy jez to imie
17. Serce w plecaku
18. Rozszuialy sie wierzby placzace
19. Marsz pierwszego korpusu
22. Czerwone maki na Monte Cassino