Besides waltzes and Polish, mazurkas are the third form of dance cultivated by Chopin in his compositions. There are almost 60 of them, making them the largest of these three groups. Chopin wrote mazurkas from an early age and until the last years of his life. They are all a tribute to his native country, Poland, and testify to his deep sensitivity to the mentality of his people. Drawing his inspiration from the different manifestations of this dance depending on the region, he sublimates it into an absolute form of music made of the finest elegance, refined harmony and rhythmic force.