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Sadly Whisper the Leaves of the Willow: Polish Partisan and Folk Songs

Sadly Whisper the Leaves of the Willow: Polish Partisan and Folk Songs

The modern nation of Poland is barely 100 years old, having been established in 1918 following the end of World War I. Yet it has a rich tradition of folk songs developed over the centuries. By one count over 60,000 folk songs are part of the Polish Folk Music Collection in Warsaw. In this recording, released in 1981, Aleksander Kulisiewicz, a survivor of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, sings a collection of 13 traditional Polish folk songs and 5 partisan songs from World War II. Many of them are fragments of the originals, their verses forgotten or lost over time. Kulisiewicz also recorded Songs from the Depths of Hell (FWFW37700) for Folkways.

Liner notes include background information on the songs with lyrics in Polish and English.

Track Listing

101
Rozszumialy Sie Wierzby (Sadly Whisper the Leaves of the Willow) Aleksander Tytus Kulisiewicz 3:06
102
Marsz Gwardii Ludowej (March of the People's Batallion) Aleksander Tytus Kulisiewicz 1:46
103
Szturmówka (Storm-Battalion Song) Aleksander Tytus Kulisiewicz 1:18
104
Dzis Do Ciebie Przyjsc Nie Moge (I Can't Come to You Today, Dear) Aleksander Tytus Kulisiewicz 2:31
105
Po Partyzancie Dziewczyna Placze (A Girl Cries for the Partisan) Aleksander Tytus Kulisiewicz 1:54
106
Siekiera, Motyka (Hatchet and Hoe) Aleksander Tytus Kulisiewicz 1:01
107
Trabia, Trabia (The Trumpets Blast) Aleksander Tytus Kulisiewicz 1:38
108
Cztery Mile Za Warsawa (Just Four Miles Away from Warsaw) Aleksander Tytus Kulisiewicz 1:59
109
Czemu Ty, Dziewczyno (Why, My Dear Girl) Aleksander Tytus Kulisiewicz 1:36
110
Jestem Sobie (I Am a Fine Young Blade) Aleksander Tytus Kulisiewicz 1:15
201
Góralu (Goral, Oh Won't You Feel Sad) Aleksander Tytus Kulisiewicz 2:32
202
Idzie Maciek (Here Goes Our Bold Matthew) Aleksander Tytus Kulisiewicz 2:26
203
Nie Placz O Mnie (Don't Cry for Me) Aleksander Tytus Kulisiewicz 2:45
204
Ostatni Mazur (The Last Mazurka) Aleksander Tytus Kulisiewicz 1:05
205
Zaszumialy Góry (My Mountains Are Roaring) Aleksander Tytus Kulisiewicz 2:20
206
Pije Kuba (Drinker's Song) Aleksander Tytus Kulisiewicz 1:04
207
Dwa Ludowe Walczyki (Two Folkwaltzes) Aleksander Tytus Kulisiewicz 1:21
208
W Murowanej Piwnicy (In One Walled-up Cellar Deep) Aleksander Tytus Kulisiewicz 2:08

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