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World Routes in Poland

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 17 May 2008

In a special edition of the programme, Lucy Duran travels to Poland to explore the folk music of Chopin's homeland, meeting suka player Maria Pomianowska, the folk group Kapela Brodow and the Warsaw Village Band.

All music recorded on location in Warsaw, 9/10 May 2008, by Andrew Smillie

Music and featured items

19 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Mazurka

    She visits a monastery to hear Polish folk music, hearing a traditional Mazurka.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Josef Rosinski

      Josef Rosinski An old style oberek

      Sources of Polish Folk Music: Mazowsze, Polish Radio PRCD 170

    • Image for Warsaw Village Band
      00:01

      Warsaw Village Band Polka

      Recorded at Pracovnia Arts Club, Warsaw, 10 May 2008

    • Image for Kapella Brodow
      00:02

      Kapella Brodow Mazurka

      Performers: Anna Broda (vocal/percussion); Witek Broda (fiddle)

      Recorded at St Dominic's Monastery, Warsaw, 9 May 2008

  • Origins of the Mazurka and the Polonais

    Members of Polish folk group Kapela Brodow talk about the origins of the Mazurka.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Kapela Brodow
      00:09

      Kapela Brodow Polonaise

      Performers: Anna Broda (vocal/percussion); Witek Broda (fiddle); Jacek Mielcarek (clarinet)

      Recorded at St Dominic's Monastery, Warsaw, 9 May 2008

  • Hurdy-gurdy

    Kapela Brodow introduce an instrument called the crank lyre, known as the ‘hurdy-gurdy’.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Kapela Brodow
      00:15

      Kapela Brodow Harvest Song

      Performers: Anna Broda (vocal/percussion); Witek Broda (hurdy gurdy)

      Recorded at St Dominic's Monastery, Warsaw, 9 May 2008

  • Maria Pomianowska and Polish fiddles

    Maria Pomianowska describes the different styles of Polish folk dance.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Maria Pomianowska,
      00:17

      Maria Pomianowska, Oberek od Kajokow

      Performers: Maria Pomianowska (fiddle from Plock); Iwona Rapacz (bass suka); Robert Sziwak (drum)

      Recorded at Royal Castle, Warsaw, 9 May 2008

    • Image for Maria Pomianowska,
      00:27

      Maria Pomianowska, Suwany na suke

      Performers: Maria Pomianowska (suka); Marta Maslanka (dulcimer)

      Recorded at Royal Castle, Warsaw, 9 May 2008

  • Chopin and Polish folk dance

    Lucy and Maria Pomianowska discuss Chopin’s relationship with Polish folk music.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Frédéric Chopin
      00:33

      Frédéric Chopin Frédéric Chopin - Chopin's Mazurka opus 68, No.2

      Performers: Maria Pomianowska (fiddle from Plock); Iwona Rapacz (bass suka); Robert Sziwak (drum); Marta Maslanka (dulcimer); Malgorzata Szarlik (hollow violin)

      Recorded at Royal Castle, Warsaw, 9 May 2008

  • The Warsaw Village Band

    The Warsaw Village Band explain how they mix contemporary and traditional folk music.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Warsaw Village Band
      00:36

      Warsaw Village Band When Johnny went to fight in the war

      Performers: Sylvia Swiatkowska (violin/suka/vocal); Wojtek Krzak (violin/vocal); Maja Kleszcz (cello/vocal/percussion); Maciej Szajkowski (percussion); Piotr Glinski (percussion)

      Recorded at Pracovnia Arts Club, Warsaw, 10 May 2008

  • Warsaw Village Band album

    Members of Warsaw Village Band talk about their latest album.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Warsaw Village Band
      00:48

      Warsaw Village Band Fishie

      Performers: Sylvia Swiatkowska (violin/suka/vocal); Wojtek Krzak (violin/vocal); Maja Kleszcz (cello/vocal/percussion); Maciej Szajkowski (percussion); Piotr Glinski (percussion)

      Recorded at Pracovnia Arts Club, Warsaw, 10 May 2008

  • Masovia and its influence on Chopin

    The Warsaw Village Band explain more about the traditional folk music of Masovia.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Warsaw Village Band
      00:55

      Warsaw Village Band Four Wild Horses

      Performers: Sylvia Swiatkowska (violin/suka/vocal); Wojtek Krzak (violin/vocal); Maja Kleszcz (cello/vocal/percussion); Maciej Szajkowski (percussion); Piotr Glinski (percussion)

      Recorded at Pracovnia Arts Club, Warsaw, 10 May 2008

  • Kapela Brodow perform at St. Dominic's Monastery in Warsaw

    Kapela Brodow perform at St. Dominic's Monastery in Warsaw

  • The Maria Pomianowska Ensemble perform for World Routes at Warsaw's Royal Castle

    The Maria Pomianowska Ensemble perform for World Routes at Warsaw's Royal Castle

  • The Warsaw Village Band recording on stage at the Pracovnia Arts Club, Warsaw

    The Warsaw Village Band recording on stage at the Pracovnia Arts Club, Warsaw

  • Lucy Duran and BBC sound-recordist Andrew Smillie with members of the Warsaw Village Band

    Lucy Duran and BBC sound-recordist Andrew Smillie with members of the Warsaw Village Band

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