Music of Poland covers diverse aspects of music and musical traditions which have originated, and are practiced in . Artists from Poland include world-famous Poland classical like composers , Frédéric Chopin , Witold Lutosławski , Krzysztof Penderecki and Karol Szymanowski ; renowned pianists like Henryk Górecki , Arthur Rubinstein , and Ignacy Jan Paderewski ; as well as Krystian Zimerman artists, and traditional, regionalised popular music ensembles that create a rich and lively music scene at the grassroots level. The musicians of Poland, over the course of history, have developed and popularized a variety of folk music and music genres such as folk dances , mazurka , polonaise , krakowiak polska , partner dance ; as well as the oberek genre ( sung poetry poezja śpiewana) and others.
Polish music exhibits influences from a broad variety of
styles which are represented by critically acclaimed world music and singer-songwriters including pop icons , Margaret , Maria Peszek , Myslovitz , Edyta Bartosiewicz ; as well as Doda jazz musicians , Tomasz Stańko , Krzysztof Komeda , Włodek Pawlik , Adam Makowicz , Leszek Możdżer ; Michał Urbaniak and death music bands black metal , Behemoth , Vader ; along with Decapitated and film composers contemporary classical music , Wojciech Kilar , Jan A.P. Kaczmarek , Zbigniew Preisner , and Krzesimir Dębski among many others. Krzysztof Meyer
Medieval and renaissance music
The origin of Polish music can be traced as far back as the 13th century, from which manuscripts have been found in
, containing Stary Sącz compositions related to the Parisian polyphonic . Other early compositions, such as the melody of Notre Dame School , may also date back to this period. The first known notable composer, however, Bogurodzica , lived in the 15th century.
Mikołaj z Radomia
During the 16th century, mostly two musical ensembles – both based in
and belonging to the Kraków and the King of Archbishop – led the rapid innovation of Polish music. Composers writing during this period include Wawel , Wacław z Szamotuł , Mikołaj Zieleński , Nicolaus Cracoviensis and Marcin Leopolita , who composed "Melodies to Polish Psalter". Mikołaj Gomółka , a native-born Italian who lived in Kraków from about the age of five, became one of the most famous lutenists at the court of Sigismund III, and not only imported some of the musical styles from southern Europe, but blended them with native folk music. Diomedes Cato
Cover page of the
"Melodies for the Polish Psalter"