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Polish Christmas Carols
Polish Christmas carols called "koledy" are really unique. Some are known internationally. You can find them in any prayer books. Poles like their carols and they sign them at the Christmas tree - during Christmas Eve and at all the sermons until February 2nd which is finishing official Christmas season in Poland. Read more about Christmas timeframe entitled Christmas Timeframe, Advent and Temptations.
Polish Christmas carols are almost all anonymous, having been composed by the people. Their origins date from the fourteen century, many from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. W Zlobie Lezy, credited with originating in the fourteenth century, is considered the first Polonaise.
The Polish carol has an essentially folk song character, which makes it specifically national. The melodies are characteristically Polish - gay, tender, even humorous - typical of the Polish peasant or mountaineer. There is a native unconscious poetry about all of them. The Infant Jesus, poor and homeless, born in a stable surrounded by the familiar domestic animals, appeals to the heart and the imagination of all peoples.
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The carols which are not officially accepted by church (to sing during the service) but still popular and sing by people are called "pastoralki" from ("pasterz"="shepherd") meaning "shepherd song". They usually contain some legendary text that cannot be proved by scripture or they have frivolous character.
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Polish carols are being performed in the church starting with the Christmas Eve until February 2nd. Polish Christmas season is longer than everywhere else around the world! So you can still buy it and listen to it - even if Amazon would send it to you after Christmas Day! Read more about different types of carols at the bottom of the article, under the CD offers.
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Polish Christmas carols may be divided into three kinds - religious, legendary, and imaginative. The religious, among the most beautiful and profound in feeling of all Polish hymns, owe their origin to monks in cloisters. The legendary, based on the books of the Apocrypha, contain many legends and details for which strict historical truth cannot be assumed. Hence the Church did not accept them, but they appealed to the people who loved to sing of the many wonders, the adoring shepherds and the speaking animals. The third, or imaginative, owe their origin to people of humble birth, who in relating the story of the Nativity used familiar surroundings taken from their own homes. Thus Bethlehem became a Polish village and Jesus was born in Poland. These carols often contain merry dance rhythms like the Krakowiak and the Mazurka and are called "Shepherd's Carols".
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