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The song ‘Poseł’ is a dumka (Ukr. ‘elegy’), though of Cracovian, rather than Ukrainian, pedigree. The krakowiak rhythms – thwarted by the elegiac tone of this sad post-Rising tale – only occasionally come to the fore. Chopin has this song sung ‘In peasant spirit, but not gaily’. Its key, though major-mode (D major), is tinged with a Lydian fourth and a minor sixth. The reduction of compositional means here is quite considerable, but it is simplicity, rather than primitivism, that speaks through these insistently recurring rhythmic patterns and phrases of nostalgic melody, like unanswered questions.

Author: Mieczysław Tomaszewski
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