mazurka

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ma·zur·ka

 (mə-zûr′kə, -zo͝or′-)
n.
1. A Polish dance resembling the polka, usually in 3/4 or 3/8 time with the second beat heavily accented, and frequently adopted as a ballet form.
2. The music for this dance.

[Russian, possibly from Polish (tańczyć) mazurka, (to dance) the mazurka, accusative of mazurek, dance of the Mazovians, from diminutive of Mazur, person from Mazovia, a historical region of eastern Poland.]

mazurka

(məˈzɜːkə) or

mazourka

n
1. (Dancing) a Polish national dance in triple time
2. (Music, other) a piece of music composed for this dance
[C19: from Polish: (dance) of Mazur (Mazovia) province in Poland]

ma•zur•ka

(məˈzɜr kə, -ˈzʊər-)

n., pl. -kas.
1. a lively Polish dance in moderately quick triple meter.
2. music for or in the rhythm of this dance.
[1810–20; < Polish, from Mazur Mazovia (district in N Poland)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mazurka - music composed for dancing the mazurkamazurka - music composed for dancing the mazurka
dance music - music to dance to
2.mazurka - a Polish national dance in triple timemazurka - a Polish national dance in triple time
folk dance, folk dancing - a style of dancing that originated among ordinary people (not in the royal courts)
Translations

mazurka

nMazurka f

mazurka

[məˈzɜːkə] nmazurca
References in classic literature ?
She trifled away half an hour at the piano; and played, in that time, selections from the Songs of Mendelssohn, the Mazurkas of Chopin, the Operas of Verdi, and the Sonatas of Mozart -- all of whom had combined together on this occasion and produced one immortal work, entitled "Frank.
He taught certain uncouth lads, when they were of an age to enter society, the intricacies of contra dances, or the steps of the schottische and mazurka, and he was a marked figure in all social assemblies, though conspicuously absent from town-meetings and the purely masculine gatherings at the store or tavern or bridge.
He led the mazurka at the Arkharovs' ball, talked about the war with Field Marshal Kamenski, visited the English Club, and was on intimate terms with a colonel of forty to whom Denisov had introduced
The week before, Kitty had told her mother of a conversation she had with Vronsky during a mazurka.
The piano at the foot of the staircase clanged through a mazurka with brazen impetuosity, as though a vulgar and impudent ghost were showing off.
he danced the mazurka with me and wanted to make me an offer next day; but I thanked him in flattering expressions and told him that my heart had long been another's.
Chopiniana'' is set to waltzes, mazurkas and preludes by Frederic Chopin.
into a Chopin recital, yet throughout the first half I spent less time listening to the mazurkas than staring at the moles on the neck of the person sitting in front of me.
Eaton recorded live includes mainly nocturnes and etudes, a prelude, and two mazurkas.
The Mazurkas owe a debt to Chopin, although there is a balletic feel to them, and I could not help hearing a symphony orchestra in the writing.
Duke Ellington playing Lotus Blossom, Scriabin's mazurkas, Tchaikovsky's June, strains of Scott Joplin and Mompou are heard while the Silent Movie plays on.
Il a aussi organise de nombreuses manifestations culturelles, notamment le Festival toutes les mazurkas du monde dont il est le directeur artistique.