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Frédéric Chopin
"Military" Polonaise


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Chopin: Polonaise in A Major

The Polonaise

The polonaise is a dance that was fashionable in the Polish court. Since Polish nobility used to like to speak French, the name "polonaise" is French. Eventually, the polonaise caught on all over Europe, and even migrated to America. Lots of operas contain polonaises, and after a while, composers began to use the polonaise as a form for non-dancing, instrumental pieces.

Track list:
Chopin: Polonaise in B flat
Chabrier: Fete Polonaise
Sousa: Presidential Polonaise
Mussorgsky: Boris Gudonov
Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
Schubert: Polonaise
Dvorak: Polonaise
Liadov: Polonaise
Chopin: Polonaise No. 1 G minor
Chopin: Military Polonaise

Classics for Kids Quiz

1. A polonaise is a dignified dance.



2.A polonaise is often used to open fancy balls.



3. The first pieces that Chopin wrote were polonaises.



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