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 (mə-zûr′kə, -zo͝or′-)
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.]


(məˈzɜːkə) or


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]


(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)


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[məˈzɜːkə] nmazurca
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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.
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.
Petri);Scarlatti -- Sonata in E major, K 380;Chopin -- Mazurka in C-sharp minor, op.
gt;Fabrics on cushions, furniture and footstools, from a selection at Voyage Decoration: Key prints include Mazurka Reza Raspberry fabric, PS44.
Joshua Wright, a finalist in the 2011 MTNA-Steinway Young Artist Piano Competition studying with Susan Duehlmeier at the University of Utah, placed fifth and earned $5,000, as well as $1,000 for Best Mazurka.
This year's program includes Mozart's Overture to Don Giovanni as arranged for six pianists by Carl Czerny; Duets for two keyboards by Carl Philippe Emanuel Bach; Smetana's Sonata in One Movement for eight hands; an arrangement of Borodin's Polovetsian Dances; Rachmaninoff's Vocalise; Philip Glass' Four Movements for Two Pianos; Saint-Saens' Dance Macabre; Gillock's Champagne Toccata for four pianists; Igor Rogalyov's March and Mazurka from Book of Marches and Dances; Debussy's Danse Profane; Bolcom's The Serpent's Kiss; a Piazzolla tango; jazz selections; and an arrangement by Kallin Johnson of Beatles tunes for seven pianists.
The first half of the concert was imbued with the spirit of the dance, beginning with a fast and furious rendition of Shostakovich's Festival Overture, followed by a beautifully judged and delicately paced interpretation of Delibes' Prelude and Mazurka (Coppelia).
The programme will also feature the Prelude and Mazurka from the ballet Coppelia by Delibes and Dvorak's Symphony No 8 in G major.