Polish dance music, especially the mazurka and polonaise, were popularized by Chopin, and they soon spread across Europe and elsewhere. These are triple time dances, while five-beat forms are more common in the northeast and duple-time dances like the polka and krakowiak come from the south.
While folk music has largely died out in Poland, especially in urban areas, the tourist destination of Podhale has retained its traditions. The regional capital, Zakopane, has been a center for art since the late 19th century, when people like composer Karol Szymanowski made the area chic among Europe's intellectuals. Local ensembles use string instruments like violins and a cello to play a distinctive scale called the Lydian mode. Duple-time dances like the krzesany, zbójnicki and ozwodna are popular. Folk songs typically focus on heroes like Janosik.
Contemporary Polish musicians and bands (in alphabetic order):
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See also: Poland, List of famous Poles