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Czech Suite in D major, Op. 39, B. 93 by Antonín Dvořák

Dvořák completed this suite in 1879 with the premiere performance being given in May the same year. After the success of his Serenades, Dvořák planned to compose a new work in a similar format which incorporated Czech folk melodies. As the work would function like a collection of program music, Dvořák decided to term the work his ‘Czech Suite’.

This suite is comprised of five movements:
I. Preludium (Pastorale): Allegro moderato
II. Polka: Allegretto grazioso
III. Sousedská (Minuetto): Allegro giusto
IV. Romance: Andante con moto
V. Finale (Furiant): Presto

1 week ago

American Suite in A major, Op. 98b, B. 190 by Antonin Dvořák

Dvořák completed a suite for solo piano in 1894 with the title “The American Suite”. Dvořák would later adapt the suite for orchestra in 1895, but the orchestral version would not receive a public premiere until 1910, six years after the death of Dvořák in 1904.

This suite is comprised of five movements:
I. Andante con moto
II. Allegro
III. Moderato
IV. Andante
V. Allegro

2 weeks ago

Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 21, B. 51 by Antonín Dvořák

Dvořák completed this trio in 1875 with the premiere performance being given in February 1877 in Prague. It is also in 1875 that the first of Dvořák’s sons would be born.

This trio is comprised of four movements:
I. Allegro molto
II. Adagio molto e mesto
III. Allegretto scherzando
IV. Finale. Allegro vivace

3 weeks ago

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, B. 9 ‘The Bells of Zlonice’ by Antonín Dvořák

Dvořák completed this symphony in 1865 at the age of 24. The young Dvořák had not yet gained fame as a musician, and as such Dvořák composed this work for a music competition in in Germany. He did not win the first prize and immediately began work on his second symphony. The lack of recognition of the first symphony resulted in Dvořák losing the manuscript, and as he had no other copies available the work was never performed during his lifetime.

In a strange turn of fate, a young doctor named Rudolf Dvořák (of no relation to the composer) had purchased a copy of the symphony in 1882, and upon his death in 1920 the manuscript passed to his son. After the son released the manuscript in 1923, the work would finally have a premiere performance 13 years later in Brno, Switzerland.

The name ‘The Bells of Zlonice’ does not appear on the manuscript purchased by Dr. Dvořák, however the composer Dvořák referred to this symphony with that subtitle in reference to sections of the work which resemble the church bells found in the small Bohemian town of Zlonice.

The work is comprised of four movements:
I. Maestoso – Allegro
II. Adagio molto
III. Allegretto
IV. Finale

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Scherzo capriccioso in D flat major, Op. 66, B. 131 by Antonín Dvořák

Dvořák completed this work for orchestra in 1883 with the premiere performance being given the same year at the National Theatre in Prague. It is an example of the more expressive and dramatic works of Dvořák which don’t contain European or American folk music motifs.

The work is contained in a single movement.

1 month, 2 weeks ago

String Quartet No. 1 in A major, Op. 2, B. 8 by Antonin Dvořák

Dvořák completed this quartet in 1862. Dvořák would revise the work in 1887 as the composer felt several sections were not necessary. The amended work would be premiered in 1888 in Prague. It is unclear if the original version had an official public performance.

The work is comprised of four movements:
I. Andante – Allegro
II. Andante affettuoso et appassionato
III. Allegro scherzando
IV. Allegro animato

1 month, 2 weeks ago

Alfred: Overture, B. 16 by Antonin Dvořák

Dvořák completed his opera ‘Alfred’ in 1870. The work is based on the life of King Alfred the Great, with the text composed the German poet Carl Theodor Körner. The work was unfortunately not performed during the composer’s lifetime, with the premiere performance being given in December of 1938 in Czechoslovakia with the text adapt to Czech. The first performance of the opera in the original German was given in September of 2014 in Prague.

The overture is the opening movement of the opera, and is often played as a separate concert piece.

2 months ago

In Nature’s Realm Overture, Op. 91, B. 168 by Antonín Dvořák

Dvořák completed this overture in 1891 as part of a collection of three overtures which would be completed by 1892. The other two overtures would be the “Carnival Overture” and the “Othello Overture”. The connecting theme for the three overtures is ‘Nature, Love and Life’, with the “Carnival Overture” representing life and the “Othello Overture” representing love.

2 months ago

String Quintet No. 1 in A minor, Op. 1, B. 7 by Antonín Dvořák

Dvořák completed this string quintet in 1861 at the age of 20. It is the first recorded work for the composer. Despite being the first work completed, it would not receive a premiere until 1921, 17 years after the death of Dvořák.

The work is comprised of three movements:
I. Adagio – Allegro ma non troppo
II. Lento
III. Finale. Allegro con brio

2 months, 1 week ago

Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70, B. 141 by Antonín Dvořák

Dvořák completed this symphony in 1885 with the premiere performance being given in April the same year at St James’s Hall, London. The London Philharmonic Society had requested Dvořák compose a new symphony after electing him as an honorary member. In 1885, the area now known as the Czech Republic was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, but Dvořák wanted a symphony that would reflect the patriotism of his fellow Czech countrymen.

The work is comprised of four movements:
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Poco adagio
III. Scherzo: Vivace – Poco meno mosso
IV. Finale: Allegro

2 months, 2 weeks ago

Slavonic Dance No. 8, Op. 46 by Antonín Dvořák

Czech composer Dvořák completed his series of Slavonic Dances in 1886. Originally the works were written for piano, but due to the popularity of the pieces Dvořák adapted the dances into orchestral works. Despite being named ‘Slavonic’ Dance, the music seems to share similarities with Bohemian musical style.

2 months, 3 weeks ago

Slavonic Dance No. 4, Op. 46 by Antonín Dvořák

Czech composer Dvořák completed his series of Slavonic Dances in 1886. Originally the works were written for piano, but due to the popularity of the pieces Dvořák adapted the dances into orchestral works. Despite being named ‘Slavonic’ Dance, the music seems to share similarities with Bohemian musical style.

2 months, 3 weeks ago

Slavonic Dance No. 1, Op. 46 by Antonín Dvořák

Czech composer Dvořák completed his series of Slavonic Dances in 1886. Originally the works were written for piano, but due to the popularity of the pieces Dvořák adapted the dances into orchestral works. Despite being named ‘Slavonic’ Dance, the music seems to share similarities with Bohemian musical style.

2 months, 4 weeks ago

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G minor, Op. 33 by Antonín Dvořák

Dvořák completed this concerto in 1876 with the premiere performance being given in March of 1878 in Prague. It would be the only piano concerto Dvořák would compose.
The work is comprised of three movements:
I. Allegro agitato
II. Andante sostenuto
III. Allegro con fuoco

3 months ago

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3 months ago

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191 by Antonín Dvořák

Czech composer Antonín Dvořák completed this concerto in 1894, with the premiere performance being given in March of 1896 in London. Dvořák composed the work while living in New York city as director of the National Conservatory.

The work is comprised of three movements:
I. Allegro
II. Adagio, ma non troppo
III. Finale: Allegro moderato — Andante — Allegro vivo

3 months ago

Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22 by Antonín Dvořák

Dvořák completed this serenade in 1875, with the premiere performance being given in December of 1876 in Prague. Evidence suggests that it took Dvořák only 12 days to complete the serenade. The work is comprised of five movements:
I. Moderato
II. Tempo di Valse
III. Scherzo: Vivace
IV. Larghetto
V. Finale: Allegro vivace

3 months, 1 week ago

Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88, B. 163 by Antonín Dvořák

Dvořák completed this symphony in 1889, with the premiere performance being given in February 1890. Dvořák composed the work to celebrate his election to the Bohemian Academy of Science, Literature and Arts. The work is inspired by Bohemian folk tunes and the Czech landscape.

The work is comprised of four movements:
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio
III. Allegretto grazioso — Molto vivace
IV. Allegro ma non troppo

3 months, 1 week ago

String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 ‘American Quartet’ by Antonín Dvořák

Dvořák completed this string quartet in 1893, with the first public performance being given in January 1894 in Boston. Dvořák wrote the piece after spending after having moved to the United States, and aspects of the work incorporate American folk tunes.

The work is comprised of four movements:
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Lento
III. Molto vivace
IV. Finale: vivace me non troppo

3 months, 2 weeks ago

Slavonic Dance No. 2, Op. 72 by Antonín Dvořák

Czech composer Dvořák completed his series of Slavonic Dances in 1886. Originally the works were written for piano, but due to the popularity of the pieces Dvořák adapted the dances into orchestral works. Despite being named ‘Slavonic’ Dance, the music seems to share similarities with Bohemian musical style.

3 months, 2 weeks ago

Symphony No. 9 in E minor “From the New World”, Op. 95 by Antonin Dvořák

Composed in 1893 while Dvořák was working as director of the National Conservatory of Music in America. The work is in four movements:
• Adagio - Allegro molto
• Largo
• Molto vivace
• Allegro con fuoco

The Largo section has been adapted into the song “Goin’ Home” which is sometimes mistakenly believed to be a folk song, but is entirely the composition of Dvořák. Neil Armstrong took a recording of the symphony with him on the Apollo 11 mission.

4 months, 2 weeks ago

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10 months ago

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Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)

String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96, B. 179 "American" (1893)

00:00 - Allegro ma non troppo
09:08 - Lento
16:14 - Molto vivace
20:00 - Finale. Vivace ma non troppo

Performed by the Cleveland Quartet (Telarc, 1991).

"From its first performance, Dvořák's 'American' Quartet has enjoyed lasting popularity for its tunefulness, its rhythmic verve, and its happy interplay of the four instruments. Given all the publicity afforded Dvořák's ideas on American music, one might reasonably ask just how 'American' Op. 96 really is. A theme in the third movement qualifies as having been borrowed from an American: 'a damned bird (red, only with black wings)' that kept singing where he was working. Dvořák worked the native bird's song into the scherzo (measures 21 and following). Beyond that we are on less firm ground. Many of the themes are entirely or nearly pentatonic, and some have wanted to see in this the influence of the black spiritual. But in fact Bohemian music is just as frequently pentatonic, and similar themes can be found in Dvořák's music long before he came to America. The opening of the work was based on Smetana's First Quartet, though Dvořák's mood is entirely different -- lighter and livelier throughout, with the poignant exception of the lyrical second movement, the plaintive melody of which -- echoed between violin and cello -- is a wonderful foil to the high spirits of the remaining three movements." - Steven Ledbetter

Painting: Airborne (1996), Andrew Wyeth

1 year, 8 months ago