World Routes in Poland
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
She visits a monastery to hear Polish folk music, hearing a traditional Mazurka.
Origins of the Mazurka and the Polonais
Members of Polish folk group Kapela Brodow talk about the origins of the Mazurka.
Kapela Brodow introduce an instrument called the crank lyre, known as the ‘hurdy-gurdy’.
Maria Pomianowska and Polish fiddles
Maria Pomianowska describes the different styles of Polish folk dance.
Chopin and Polish folk dance
Lucy and Maria Pomianowska discuss Chopin’s relationship with Polish folk music.
The Warsaw Village Band
The Warsaw Village Band explain how they mix contemporary and traditional folk music.
Warsaw Village Band album
Members of Warsaw Village Band talk about their latest album.
Masovia and its influence on Chopin
The Warsaw Village Band explain more about the traditional folk music of Masovia.