Polonaise (polonaise). Composed by Michael Kleofas Oginski (1765-1833) and performed by Thu Le.
Oginski was a Polish diplomat and politician, Grand Treasurer of Lithuania, and a senator of Tsar Alexander I. He was also a composer of early Romantic music. As a composer, he is best known for his polonaise Farewell to My Homeland (Pożegnanie Ojczyzny), written in 1794 in the Zalesie region (then part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, today in Belarus). This piece can be considered among the earliest examples of romantic music. Ogiński composed roughly 20 polonaises, piano pieces, mazurkas, marches, romances, and waltzes. The polonaise is a Polish dance dating back to the 1700s.