Such as Polish poetry, Polish musicianship has a long history dating back to medieval Times. Government restrictions were less severe since it was the weakest overtly political of the crafts. The krakowiak, mazurka, and polonaise, native qualities of this genre based on the unique beats and harmonies of folk music, developed earlier, and a separate style of Polish religious music had become clearly established by the Renaissance. Cud mniemany, czyli Krakowiacy I Górale, the very first significant Polish musical, was presented in 1794 by Jan Stefani and Wojciech Bogusawski. Stanisaw Moniuszko created a number of renowned songs in the nineteenth century, notably Halka, Straszny dwór (“The Haunted Manor”), and Hrabina (“The Countess”).
The sound of music
Frédéric Chopin is often regarded as the musical embodiment of Polishness. He is just one in a continuous succession of percussionists from Polish territories to win worldwide acclaim, adding to his reputation as one of the greatest genius musicians. Ignacy Paderewski and Artur Rubinstein, and also Henryk Szeryng, a violinist, testifies to the vigour of Polish musicianship. Karol Szymanowski, Witold Lutosawski, Henryk Górecki, and Krzysztof Penderecki have influenced modern Polish composing.
Opera, symphonic, theater, and chamber music are quite well in Poland, and numerous symphonies and choruses perform frequently on the world stage. But even though Polish jazz, which was formally silenced in the first twenty years of communist rule, has earned a name for experimentation and greatness, thanks in part to the groundbreaking work of performers like Micha Urbaniak, Tomasz Stanko, and Leszek Moder, mainstream music in Poland is hugely affected by Western ideals. Events like the Warsaw Jazz Jamboree and Jazz on the Oder attract musicians and audiences from all over the globe.
Many beautiful specimens of mediaeval Roman and Medieval buildings, both secular and religious, have indeed been conserved, along with magnificent statues, the most renowned of which would be Veit Stoss’s (Wit Stwosz) hardwood shrine at Kraków’s St. Mary’s Church (Koció Mariacki). The gigantic red fortress of Malbork (Marienburg), previously the Teutonic Knights’ stronghold, is one of Europe’s finest spectacular; a strong fortress was awarded an UNESCO World Heritage site in the year 1997. The main building of Pozna and the ornate farm buildings at Kazimierz Dolny are examples of Early renaissance Greek architecture that were influenced by Italian influences yet acquired distinct Polish form. Zamo, a classic Medieval city founded in the 1580s, has been preserved almost completely intact.
With common convictions in kinship ties and equality, the people is mainly bonded despite economic classes. Poland is, in fact, more group – oriented than other Western countries due to its profound roots in conservative values. Be a consequence, it is frequently referred to as “Eastern” when contrasted to Central Europe. Poles, on the other hand, have long considered themselves to be the’softest’ of all the Slavic people.