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mazurka

Syllabification: ma·zur·ka
Pronunciation: /məˈzərkə, -ˈzo͝or-
 
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Definition of mazurka in English:

noun

A lively Polish dance in triple time.
Example sentences
  • The recital consists of essentially triple-time dance music - mazurkas, waltzes, and polonaises - although you might find it difficult to trip the light fantastic to any of this.
  • This collection of Italian waltzes, polkas, mazurkas and tarantellas for solo violin is an excellent teaching tool for double stops, scales, arpeggios and style.
  • Scriabin's early works, until about 1903, are lyrical and effusive, formally inspired by Chopin (waltzes, mazurkas, ballades, preludes, impromptus and scherzos), though where content was concerned his voice was very much his own.

Origin

early 19th century: via German from Polish mazurka, denoting a woman of the province Mazovia.

Words that rhyme with mazurka

burka, circa, Gurkha, jerker, lurker, shirker, smirker, worker

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