Not counting a rather brief work in D major, whose authenticity is doubted by Bronarski, and a melody set to a text on August 22, 1829 (in an album of Vaclav Hanka), Chopin composed 57 Mazurkas. Also not in this figure, though they appear in the Appendix to this edition, are the first versions of certain works. Probably because of its folkloristic elements, Chopin clearly preferred the Mazurka to other forms. With few exceptions, such as the F major Mazurka, Op. 68, no. 3, he did not use wellknown popular melodies, but rather sought inspiration from the rhythmic-melodic elements of Polish folkdances – the Oberek, the Mazur, and the Kujawiak. From Chopin’s own remarks about the Op. 6 Mazurkas, it is clear that his Mazurkas are in a stylized danceform and are “not for dancing”.