Like most Polish composers, including Chopin and Młynarski, Zarzycki also wrote pieces in the form of the krakowiak, a fastish 2/4 dance from the Krakow region. It became popular in Vienna as the Krakauer, and in Paris as the Cracovienne. The Introduction et Cracovienne
in D major, Op 35, was well liked by violinists in Zarzycki’s own time but amazingly was not recorded until the CD era. The Introduction
has a brooding quality, owing to the strong pull of the relative minor key, B minor. In the catchy Cracovienne
one can imagine the dancers jumping and stamping to imitate the dainty steps of the horses traditionally kept by denizens of Krakow.
from notes by Tully Potter © 2014