The history of Polish music: A basic guide.
Polish music has grown and spread to its form today by varied cultural imprints and through times of unrest. There are a lot of twists and turns in the History of Poland in which its music has varied. However the events and changing of polish music is very interesting and important. Though not all has remained to tell the whole history, the remaining portions are enough to explain Poland's musical history.
The history of Polish music starts when the Slavic nation begins its acceptance of Christianity, precisely 966 AD, after the baptism of King Mieszko the first and the start of the Polish nation*. The first kind of music was sacred and polyphonic music. They were basically liturgical chants of the Latin Church. The music was part of cultural diffusion between Rome at the start of Christianity in Poland, coming trough Bohemia.
The religious music was mostly centered on the praise of the Virgin Mary.
The earliest noted polish music was the hymn "Bogurodzica"1. It means the mother of God in polish. It was composed in the thirteenth century. It's most noted historically for the fact of it being the first "national anthem". The polish army, in a series of defensive wars with the Teutonic Knights, sung the hymn while going off to battle. Most of the other hymns were on the same topic, as well as praise to polish saints, for example St. Stanislaus1.
Poland's Musical golden age occurred in the 16th and 17th centuries. The period was filled with peace and prosperity, setting up vital conditions for a golden age. Musicians from nations around Poland came to become part of the royal court, located at the Wawel Castle in Krakow. After a treaty that united Poland with Lithuania in 1569,