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Polish Radio Folk Collection Volume 20 - Kujawy
Polish Radio Folk Collection Volume 20 - Kujawy

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Volume 20 - Polish Folk Radio Collection - Kujawy

In the past, Kujawy were "a land of merry songs". The first record of a song text from Kujawy was given by Frederic Chopin, then 14 years old, who wrote it down while passing through the town of Nieszawa after hearing a mazurka performed by a local folk singer whom he nicknamed Catalani. Her performance seems to have made a powerful impression on him.
The term Kujawiak appears as a reference to a folk dance no earlier than 1827.  Kujawy is a region in central Poland whose boundaries are defined by the river Vistula between Dobiegniewo and Solec Kujawski, in the west - the region of the Notec River with the Pakoskie Lakes, in the south and east - by the line from Skulsk and Sompolno to Brdow which now forms the administrative border between two provinces: the Kujawian-Pomeranian and the Mazowsze Province.  It is presumably one of the most important volumes in our series of "Sources of Polish Folk Music", because the musical characteristics of the Kujawy region offer the deepest insight into the essential qualities of Polish music. To the foreigner, they are the epitome of Polish-ness.  In contrast to other regions of Poland, Kujawy is an area in which folk culture is quickly vanishing.  The songs in the CD were collected from 1992 -2001 and many are now very seldom performed in their proper natural context, e.g. during weddings.  Among the instrumentalists there are few young successors.  The few surviving violinists are aged musicians with no disciples.  The Polish two-row, three-row or pedal accordians have been utterly supplanted in folk practice by the standard accordian.  Please enjoy the collection we have assembled performed by some of the regions last remaining folk artists.
  • Compact Disc
  • 45 selections
  • English-Polish booklet included featuring local history and details about the performers and their music.

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