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Piano Trio No. 4 in e minor, Op. 90 (Dumky) – Antonin Dvorak: make music part of your life series


Antonín Dvořák – String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 51 ‘Slawisches’ |great compositions/performances


Antonín DvořákString Quartet in E flat major, Op. 51 ‘Slawisches’

Dvorak The Wild Dove 1, Symphonic poem Op 110: make music part of your life series


Dvorak The Wild Dove 1, Symphonic poem Op 110

(“The Wilde Dove: Symphonic poem, B.198, Op.110″ by Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Libor Pesek (AmazonMP3))

Dvořák Symphony No 9 “New World” Celibidache, Münchner Philharmoniker, 1991: great compositions/performances


Dvořák Symphony No 9 “New World” Celibidache, Münchner Philharmoniker, 1991

Antonín Dvořák – Suite in A Major “American”, Op. 98b, B 190: make music part ofyour life series


Antonín Dvořák – Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60, B. 112: make music part of your life series


Antonín DvořákSymphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60, B. 112

Antonín Dvořák – Romantische Stücke, Op. 75: make music part ofyour life series


Antonín Dvořák – Romantische Stücke, Op. 75

Antonín Dvořák -Scherzo Capriccioso, Op. 66: great compositions/performances


Antonín Dvořák -Scherzo Capriccioso, Op. 66

Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 “From The New World” / Karajan · Vienna Philarmonic : great compositions/performances


Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 “From The New World” / Karajan · Vienna Philarmonic

Luigi Boccherini – String Quintet in E maj Opus 11 No 5 G275: make music part of your life series


Luigi BoccheriniString Quintet in E maj Opus 11 No 5 G275

Dvorak – Piano Concerto in G minor, Op.33-Rudolf Firkusny: make music part of your life series



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Dvorak – Piano Concerto in G minor, Op.33-Rudolf Firkusny:

Form

The concerto has three movements:

  1. Allegro agitato
  2. Andante sostenuto in D major
  3. Allegro con fuoco: G minor →G major

Rudolf Firkušný was a Czech-born 11 February 1912 — 19 July 1994) , American classical pianist.Born in Moravian Napajedla, Firkušný started his musical studies with the composers Leoš Janáček and Josef Suk, and the pianist Vilém Kurz. Later he studied with Alfred Cortot and Artur Schnabel. He began performing on the continent of Europe in the 1920s, and made his debuts in London in 1933 and New York in 1938. He escaped the Nazis[citation needed] in 1939, fled to Paris, later settled in New York and became a U.S. citizen. Firkušný had a broad repertoire and performed with skill the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and Brahms as well as Debussy and Mussorgsky. However, he became known especially for his performances of the Czech composers Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák, Leoš Janáček, and Bohuslav Martinů (who wrote a number of works for him), as well as recordings of the complete piano works of Janáček. Continue reading

ANTONIN DVORAK.- Rhapsody en Re mayor Op. 45 Nº1: great compositions/performances



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ANTONIN DVORAK.- Rhapsody en Re mayor Op. 45 Nº1

ANTONIN DVORAK.-
Rhapsody en Re mayor Op. 45 Nº1

1. Allegro con moto
2. Allegro ma non troppo-Moderato
3. Andante maestoso-Allegro assai

Orquesta Filarmónica Checa
Director: Václav Neuman
Fecha y año de composición 1878
Dedicatoria Baron Paul von Dervies
Estilo Romantic

Instrumentación: Piccolo, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns, 2 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Timpani, Bass Drum, Cymbals, Triangle, Harp, Violins I, Violins II, Violas, Cellos, Double Basses.

1878 fue un año importante para Antonín Dvorák : Dvorák amigo de Johannes Brahms le ayudó a levantar desde el pozo de la oscuridad haciendo los arreglos para la publicación alemana de sus Duetos moravos; en consecuencia, recibió el encargo del primer volumen de sus Danzas eslavas que, hasta el día de hoy, siguen siendo, junto con el “Nuevo Mundo” Symphony, Dvorák música más conocidas. Estos eventos marcan el inicio de Dvorák llamado períodos eslavo “(finales de 1870 a principios de 1880), durante el cual él respondió directamente a la demanda del público y de los deseos de su editor por componer música explícitamente bohemio / Checo / Morava de tono, el estilo, y en cierta medida, de diseño. Las tres eslava rapsodias para orquesta, op. 45, de 1878, son las más grandes manifestaciones de esa financieramente rentable vena musical.

El primero de los tres eslava rapsodias en re mayor, op. 45/1, fue compuesto durante febrero y marzo de 1878 y por lo tanto en realidad es anterior a las Danzas eslavas; N º 2 en sol menor y n º 3 en La bemol mayor que siguió en el otoño y principios del invierno, respectivamente. La orquesta empleada es bastante grande; el contingente habitual de los vientos y las cuerdas se ve aumentada por el arpa y una brigada de percusión de tamaño considerable. Las tres piezas se unen para formar un ciclo de clases, aunque casi nunca se oye hablar de ellos interpretados juntos como un conjunto.
La característica más memorable del N º 1 es el episodio-march como central, mientras que el No. 2 se distingue por sus numerosos cambios entre 3/4 y 4/4. La tercera eslava Rhapsody se abre con un solo de arpa cuya sustancia es inmediatamente absorbido por los instrumentos de viento, y procede a explorar una serie de melodías de buen carácter; la gran culminación parece disolverse elusively sin una resolución final, pero al final dos acordes brillantes dibujar la pieza a la cadencia que anhelamos

1878 was an important year for Antonín Dvorák: Dvorák friend Johannes Brahms helped him lift from the pit of darkness making arrangements for the German publication of his Moravian Duets; consequently, he was commissioned the first volume of his Slavonic Dances that until today, remain, along with the “New World” Symphony, Dvorák‘s music known. These events mark the beginning of Dvorák Slavonic called periods (late 1870s to early 1880s), during which he answered directly to the public demand and the wishes of his editor to compose music specifically Bohemian / Czech / Moravian tone , style, and to some extent, design. Slavic Three rhapsodies for orchestra, op. 45, 1878, are the largest demonstrations that financially rewarding musical vein.

The first of the three Slavonic Rhapsodies in D major, op. 45/1, was composed during February and March 1878 and therefore actually predates the Slavonic Dances; No. 2 in G minor and No. 3 in sun-flat major followed in the fall and early winter, respectively. The orchestra employed is quite large; the usual contingent of winds and strings is augmented by harp and percussion brigade of considerable size. The three pieces come together to form a cycle of classes, but almost never hear of them performed together as a whole.
The most memorable feature of the No. 1-march is the central episode, while No. 2 was distinguished by its many changes between 3.4 and 4.4. The third Slavonic Rhapsody opens with a harp solo whose substance is immediately absorbed by the wind instruments, and proceeds to explore a number of tunes of good character; seems to dissolve the grand climax elusively without a final resolution, but in the end two bright chords drawing the piece to the cadence that yearn

Antonín Dvořák – Water Goblin, Op. 107: MAKE MUSIC PART OF YOUR LIFE SERIES


Antonín Dvořák – Water Goblin, Op. 107
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Sergei Rachmaninoff – Scherzo in D minor (V. Polyansky – Russian State SO): make music part of your life series



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Sergei Rachmaninoff – Scherzo in D minor (V. Polyansky – Russian State SO)

Luigi Boccherini – String Quintet in E maj Opus 11 No 5 G275: make music part of your life series



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Luigi Boccherini – String Quintet in E maj Opus 11 No 5 G275

I Amoroso
II Allegro e con spirito
III Minuetto, trio
IV Rondeau, andante

Performed by La Magnifica Comunità

Dvořák Humoresque Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman: great compositions/performances



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Dvořák Humoresque Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Boston Symphony Orchestra / Seiji Ozawa

A. Dvořák – Carnival, Overture, Op. 92: make music part ofyour life series



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Antonin Dvořák – Carnival, Overture, Op. 92

Orchestra: Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin
Conductor: Lothar Zagrosek
Composer: Antonín Leopold Dvořák (1841 – 1904)

Frederic Chopin – Krakowiak Op.14: great compositions/performances


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Frederick Chopin – Krakowiak Op.14

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Antonín Dvořák – Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70, B. 141: great compositions/performances


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

Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Zdenek Kosler

Antonín Dvořák – Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70, B. 141
1. Allegro maestoso 12’42
2. Poco adagio 10’21
3. Scherzo, vivace 7’49
4. Finale, allegro 9’49

Antonín Dvořák – Sonatina in G major, Op. 100: make music part of your life series


Antonín Dvořák – Sonatina in G major, Op. 100

Bohuslav Matousek, violin. Petr Adamec, piano

Antonín Dvořák – Sonatina in G major, Op. 100
1. Allegro risoluto 5’52
2. Larghetto 4’02
3. Scherzo 2’56
4. Allegro 6’20

Song to the Moon – Antonín Dvořák: make music part of your life series


Song to the Moon – Antonín Dvořák

See lyrics translated into English below.

Soprano Renee Fleming sings this aria. Dvorak’s composition relies upon expansive arpeggiated chords to capture the fairy tale ambiance of Rusalka. The amicable old Spirit of the Lake, Jezibab, is enjoying the singing of the Wood Nymphs, when his daughter, Rusalka, sadly approaches him. She admits that she has fallen in love with a handsome prince. Yearning to know the bliss of union with him, she wishes to become human. Deeply saddened, the Spirit of the Lake consents to her request, and leaves. All alone, Rusalka sings this magnificent aria and shares the secrets of her longing to the moon.

Featuring the paintings and artwork of William Bouguereau, Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet, J.W. Waterhouse, Armand Guillaumin, and Spadecaller.

Lyrics (translation)

Silver moon upon the deep dark sky,
Through the vast night pierce your rays.
This sleeping world you wander by,
Smiling on man’s homes and ways.
Oh moon ere past you glide, tell me,
Tell me, oh where does my loved one bide?
Oh moon ere past you glide, tell me
Tell me, oh where does my loved one bide?
Tell him, oh tell him, my silver moon,
Mine are the arms that shall hold him,
That between waking and sleeping he may
Think of the love that enfolds him,
May between waking and sleeping
Think of the love that enfolds him.
Light his path far away, light his path,
Tell him, oh tell him who does for him stay!
Human soul, should it dream of me, Let my memory wakened be.
Moon, moon, oh do not wane, do not wane,
Moon, oh moon, do not wane….

Nocturne – Antonin Dvořák Nocturne In B, Op. 40, B 48 (make music part of your life series)


Antonin Dvořák: Nocturne In B, Op. 40, B 48
Bernhard Güller: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Moonlight Classics

make music part of your life series: Antonín Dvořák -Scherzo Capriccioso, Op. 66


Antonín Dvořák -Scherzo Capriccioso, Op. 66

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Paavo Järvi

 

fabulous musical moments: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 96, “American” by Antonín Dvořák – Lento (Performed by the Fry Street Quartet) (


String Quartet in F Major, Op. 96, “American” by Antonín Dvořák – Lento (Performed by the Fry Street Quartet)

great compostions/performances: Dvořák / String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 “American” (Cleveland Quartet)



Dvořák / String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 “American” (Cleveland Quartet)

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 diferent — 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

great compositions/performances: Franz Schubert: 6 Moments Musical Op.94 (D780)


great compositions/performances:  Franz Schubert: 6 Moments Musical Op.94 (D780)

great compositions/performances - Shubert - 6 Moments Musicaux Op. 94, D790 Wilhelm Bachaus piano
great compositions/performances – Shubert – 6 Moments Musicaux Op. 94, D790 Wilhelm Bachaus piano (click to enlarge)
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Six moments musicaux, D 780 (Op. 94) is a collection of six short pieces for solo piano composed by Franz Schubert. The movements are as follows:

  1. Moderato in C major
  2. Andantino in A-flat major
  3. Allegro moderato in F minor
  4. Moderato in C-sharp minor
  5. Allegro vivace in F minor
  6. Allegretto in A-flat major

Along with the Impromptus, they are among the most frequently played of all Schubert’s piano music, and have been recorded many times. No. 3 in F minor has been arranged by Leopold Godowsky and others.

It has been said that Schubert was deeply influenced in writing these pieces by the Impromptus, Op. 7, of Jan Václav Voříšek (1822).[1][2]

They were published by Leidesdorf in Vienna in 1828, under the title “Six Momens [sic] musicals [sic]“. The correct French forms are now usually used – moments (instead of momens), and musicaux (instead of musicals). The sixth number was published in 1824 in a Christmas album under the title Les plaintes d’un troubadour.[2]

make music part of your life series: Antonín Dvořák -Scherzo Capriccioso, Op. 66


Antonín Dvořák:
Scherzo Capriccioso, Op. 6

make music part of your life series - Antonin Dvorak - Scherzo Capriccioso op. 66 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Paavo Jarvi

make music part of your life series – Antonin Dvorak – Scherzo Capriccioso op. 66 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Paavo Jarvi

 

make music part of your life series: Antonin Dvorak “Prague waltzes”


Antonin DvorakPrague waltzes

make music part of your life series -_-Antonin Dvorak -_ -Prague waltzes

make music part of your life series -_-Antonin Dvorak -_ -Prague waltzes

 

Fabulous musical moments: Dvořák Humoresque Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman


Dvořák Humoresque Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman

make music part of your life series: Antonin Dvorak – Romance in F minor Op 11 – Violin and piano


Antonin Dvorak – Romance in F minor Op 11 – Violin and piano

Dvorak museum, Prague

Dvorak museum, Prague (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Antonin Dvorak – Czech Composer, born September 8, 1841 and died 1 May 1904.

devotional music: Dvorak Psalm 149 op 79 Boston Ozawa


Dvorak Psalm 149 op 79 Boston Ozawa

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great compositions/performances: Dvořák Humoresque Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman


Dvořák Humoresque Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman

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make music part of your life series: a marvelous composition – Antonin Dvorak American Suite in A, Op. 98b


Antonin Dvorak American Suite in A, Op. 98b

01 – American Suite in A, Op.98b – Andante con moto 0:01
02 – American Suite in A, Op.98b — Allegro 4:55
03 – American Suite in A, Op.98b – Moderato (alla pollacca) 09:19
04 – American Suite in A, Op.98b — Andante 14:04
05 – American Suite in A, Op.98b — Allegro 17:38

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**** The American Suite in A major (Czech: Suita A dur), Op. 98b, B. 190, is an orchestral suite written in 1894–1895 by Czech composer Antonín Dvořák.

English: Antonin Dvorak in Spillville (Iowa) Č...

English: Antonin Dvorak in Spillville (Iowa) Česky: Antonín Dvořák ve Spillvilu (Iowa) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Background

 

 

 

**** Dvořák initially wrote the Suite in A major for piano, Op. 98, B. 184, in New York between February 19 and March 1, 1894.[1] He orchestrated it in two parts more than a year after his return to the United States and immediately before his departure for Europe. The piano version was performed soon after its composition, but the orchestral version waited some years. The orchestral version of the American Suite was first played in concert in 1910 and not published until 1911, seven years after Dvořák’s death in 1904.

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make music part of your life series: Antonín Dvořák – Waltzes, Op. 54


Antonín Dvořák – Waltzes, Op. 54

Kai Adomeit, piano
Antonín Dvořák – Waltzes, Op. 54

1. No. 1, moderato in A major 3’35
2. No. 2, allegro con fuoco in A minor 3’20
3. No. 3, poco allegro in E major 2’43
4. No. 4, allegro vivace in D flat major 2’48
5. No. 5, allegro in B flat major 2’34
6. No. 6, allegro in F major 3’49
7. No. 7, allegro in D minor 2’20
8. No. 8, allegro vivace in E flat major 2’47

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make music part of your life series: Antonín Dvořák – Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60, B. 112


Antonín DvořákSymphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60, B. 112

Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Zdenek Kosler

Antonín Dvořák – Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60, B. 112
1. Allegro non tanto 12’52
2. Adagio 10’56
3. Scherzo, Furiant 6’55
4. Finale, allegro con spirito 10’34

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Going Home Antonin Dvorak BYU Choir


Going Home Antonin Dvorak BYU Choir

William Arms Fisher, a pupil of the Czech composer Antonin Dvorak, wrote the lyrics to and adapted the music to the theme of Dvorak’s 2nd Movement to the New World Symphony. These are his words now sung by the BYU Choir.

“Goin’ home, goin’ home, I’m a goin’ home;
Quiet-like, some still day, I’m jes’ goin’ home.

It’s not far, jes’ close by,
Through an open door;
Work all done, care laid by,
Goin’ to fear no more.

Mother’s there ‘spectin’ me,
Father’s waitin’ too;
Lots o’ folks gather’d there,
All the friends I knew,
All the friends I knew.
Home, I’m goin’ home!”

NSRW Antonin Dvorak

NSRW Antonin Dvorak (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Largo, with its haunting English horn solo, is the outpouring of Dvorak’s own home-longing, with something of the loneliness of far-off prairie horizons, the faint memory of the red-man’s bygone days, and a sense of the tragedy of the black-man as it sings in his “spirituals.” Deeper still it is a moving expression of that nostalgia of the soul all human beings feel. That the lyric opening theme of the Largo should spontaneously suggest the words ‘Goin’ home, goin’ home’ is natural enough, and that the lines that follow the melody should take the form of a negro spiritual accords with the genesis of the symphony.

– William Arms Fisher, Boston, July 21, 1922.

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Historic Musical Moments: Beethoven / Herbert von Karajan, 1952: Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93 – VPO, Entre LP


Beethoven / Herbert von Karajan, 1952: Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93 – VPO, Entre LP

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Antonin Dvorak – Piano Concerto, Op. 33 (1876)


Antonin Dvorak – Piano Concerto, Op. 33 (1876)

Antonín Leopold Dvořák (September 8, 1841 — May 1, 1904) was a Czech composer. Following the nationalist example of Bedřich Smetana, Dvořák frequently employed features of the folk musics of Moravia and his native Bohemia (then parts of the Austrian Empire and now constituting the Czech Republic). Dvořák’s own style has been described as ‘the fullest recreation of a national idiom with that of the symphonic tradition, absorbing folk influences and finding effective ways of using them.’

Piano Concerto, Op. 33 (1876)

1. Allegro agitato
2. Andante sostenuto (18:09)
3. Allegro con fuoco (26:21)

Rudolf Firkušný, piano and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra conducted by Walter Susskind.

The Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G minor, Op. 33, was the first of three concertos that Antonín Dvořák completed—it was followed by a violin concerto and then a cello concerto—and the piano concerto is probably the least known and least performed.

As the eminent music critic Harold Schonberg put it, Dvořák wrote “an attractive Piano Concerto in G minor with a rather ineffective piano part, a beautiful Violin Concerto in A minor, and a supreme Cello Concerto in B minor“.

(bartje11 totally disagrees with the eminent Harold Schonberg)

Dvořák composed his piano concerto from late August through 14 September 1876. Its autograph version contains many corrections, erasures, cuts and additions, the bulk of which were made in the piano part. The work was premiered in Prague on 24 March 1878, with the orchestra of the Prague Provisional Theatre conducted by Adolf Cech with the Czech pianist Karel Slavkovsky.

Dvořák himself realized that he had not created a piece in which the piano does battle with the orchestra, as it is not a virtuosic piece. As Dvořák wrote: “I see I am unable to write a Concerto for a virtuoso; I must think of other things.”
(bartje11: maybe not a work with obvious virtuoso fireworks, but still a very, very difficult piano part, not for the average pianist)

What Dvořák composed, instead, was a symphonic concerto in which the piano plays a leading part in the orchestra, rather than opposed to it.

In an effort to mitigate awkward passages and expand the pianist’s range of sonorities, the Czech pianist and pedagogue Vilém Kurz undertook an extensive re-writing of the solo part; the Kurz revision is frequently performed today.

The concerto was championed for many years by the noted Czech pianist Rudolf Firkušný, who played it with many different conductors and orchestras around the world before his death in 1994. Once a student of Kurz, Firkušný performed the revised solo part for much of his life, turning towards the original Dvořák score later on in his concert career.

Arranger:
Robert Keller (1828-1891)

Publisher Info.:
Breslau: J. Hainauer, n.d.(ca.1883). Plates J. 2579, 2581 H.

Copyright:
Public Domain

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“There is so much pure goodness in it”: Antonín Dvořák – Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22, B. 52


Antonín DvořákSerenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22, B. 5:

“There is so much pure goodness in it”

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Antonín Dvořák‘s Serenade for Strings in E major (Czech: Smyčcová serenáda E dur), Op. 22, was composed in just two weeks in May 1875. It remains one of the composer’s more popular orchestral works to this day.

Composition and premiere

1875 was a fruitful year for Dvořák, during which he wrote his Symphony No. 5, String Quintet No. 2, Piano Trio No. 1, the opera Vanda, and the Moravian Duets. These were happy times in his life. His marriage was young, and his first son had been born. For the first time in his life, he was being recognized as a composer and without fear of poverty. He received a generous stipend from a commission in Vienna, which allowed him to compose his Fifth Symphony and several chamber works as well as the Serenade.

Dvořák is said to have written the Serenade in just 12 days, from 3–14 May. The piece was premiered in Prague on 10 December 1876 by Adolf Čech and the combined orchestras of the Czech and German theatres. It was published in 1877 in the composer’s piano duet arrangement by Emanuel Starý in Prague. The score was printed two years later by Bote and Bock, Berlin.

Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings consists of five movements:

  1. Moderato
  2. Tempo di Valse
  3. Scherzo: Vivace
  4. Larghetto
  5. Finale: Allegro vivace
English: Dvořák's funeral on 5 May, 1904

English: Dvořák’s funeral on 5 May, 1904 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With the exception of the Finale, which is in modified sonata form, each movement follows a rough A-B-A form. It is believed that Dvořák took up this small orchestral genre because it was less demanding than the symphony, but allowed for the provision of pleasure and entertainment. The piece combines cantabile style (first movement), a slow waltz (second movement), humorous high spirits (third movement), lyrical beauty (fourth movement) and exuberance (fifth movement).1

Quotes and Interpretation

 

English: Statue of Antonín Dvořák in front of ...

English: Statue of Antonín Dvořák in front of Rudolfinum in Prague, Czech Republic. Português: Praça em Praga, República Tcheca. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Serenade (Op. 22) was aptly entitled, since at least four of its five movements (the second of which was a delightful waltz) displayed an elegant touch suggestive of gracious living accompanied by ‘serenading’ in the stately home of some 18th-century aristocrat; in the finale alone did the composer discard periwig and lace cuffs, and even here the junketing, though lively, was well-bred, and in the closing moments there was a delicious return to the courtliness of the opening. Pastiche perhaps, but what excellent pastiche! Since Dvořák was as yet only on the threshold of developing an individual style, it is perhaps not surprising that this slightly uncharacteristic but extremely accomplished and enjoyable Serenade is the earliest of his compositions in which a detached listener is likely to discover enchantment.” (Gervase Hughes 1967)2

“Just like delivering good news to someone has a positive rub-off effect on the messenger, performing Dvořák’s Serenade is really a very therapeutic endeavor for performers. There is so much ‘pure goodness’ in it. Somehow even the moments which could cast a gloomy shadow — light melancholy of the Waltz, or the fragility of the opening of Larghetto — retain the wonderfully cloudless atmosphere… The remarkable thing about Dvořák’s Serenade – this ‘cloudless goodness’ is fully sufficient for sustaining meaningful communication for nearly half an hour of music.” (Misha Rachlevsky, 2000)

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MAKE MUSIC PART OF YOUR LIFE SERIES: Antonín Dvořák – My Home Overture, Op. 62


Antonín DvořákMy Home Overture, Op. 62

Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra, Theodore Kuchar

 

My Home (Czech: Domov můj, předehra ke hře F. F. Šamberka), Op. 62, B. 125a, is an overture in C major by Czech composer Antonín Dvořák.[1] The overture was composed from December 1881 to January 23, 1882 as one of nine numbers comprising the incidental music for the play Josef Kajetán Tyl by František Ferdinand Šamberk. Dvořák constructed the music in sonata form on two song themes associated with the play’s protagonist, Czech dramatist Josef Kajetán Tyl: “Kde domov můj?” by František Škroup, and the folk tune “Na tom našem dvoře”.[2] Škroup composed “Kde domov můj?” (Where is my home?) in 1834 to a text written by Tyl. The song quickly became popular and was later designated as the Czech national anthem. “Na tom našem dvoře” was a song sung in productions of Strakonický dudák (The Bagpiper of Strakonice), one of Tyl’s most popular plays.[3] The overture is largely performed separately as a concert work, usually lasting about ten minutes.[2] Many conductors have conducted this piece including Jan Kučera, Bohumil Gregor and Karel Ančerl.

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GREAT COMPOSITIONS/PERFORMANCES: Janos Starker plays Brahms Cello sonata no 1 in E minor op 38


Cello : Janos Starker
Piano :Gyorgy Sebok
recorded in Paris 1959
I Allegro non troppo 0:00
II Allegretto quasi menuetto 13:35
III Allegro 19:09

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MAKE MUISC PART OF YOUR LIFE SERIES: Duo Kontarsky PLAYS BIZET Jeux d’enfants Op.22 – 1982 *vinyl*


Duo Kontarsky @ BIZET Jeux d’enfants Op.22 – 1982 *vinyl*

Georges BIZET: Jeux d’enfants Op.22, 12 pieces for piano 4 hands
0:05 / 1. L’Escarpolette (Reverie. Andantino) [2'52'']
2:57 / 2. La Toupie (Impromptu. Allegro vivo) [0'57'']
3:53 / 3. La Poupée (Berceuse. Andantino semplice) [2'49'']
6:42 / 4. Les Chevaux de Bois (Scherzo. Allegro vivo) [1'18'']
8:01 / 5. Le Volant (Fantaisie. Andantino molto) [1'14'']
9:15 / 6. Trompette et Tambour (Marche. Allegretto) [2'07'']
11:22 / 7. Les Bulles de Savon (Rondino. Allegretto) [1'22'']
12:44 / 8. Les Quatre Coins (Esquisse. Allegro vivo) [2'07'']
14:52 / 9. Colin-Maillard (Nocturno. Andante non troppo) [1'58'']
16:50 / 10. Saute-Mouton (Caprice. Allegro molto) [1'21'']
18:10 / 11. Petit Mari, petite Femme! (Duo. Andantino) [3'00'']
21:10 / 12. Le Bal (Galop. Presto) [1'39'']
Alfons & Aloys Kontarsky, piano (rec. 1982 – vinyl (p)1983 DGG)
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Alfons & Aloys KONTARSKY – piano duet *vinyl*
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MAKE MUSIC PART OF YOUR LIFE SERIES: Antonín Dvořák – Serenade in D minor, Op. 44


Antonín Dvořák – Serenade in D minor, Op. 44

Nash Ensemble

Antonín Dvořák – Serenade in D minor, Op. 44
1. Moderato, alla Marcia 4’17
2. Minuetto 6’08
3. Andante con moto 8’35
4. Allegro molto 6’13

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MAKE MUSIC PART OF YOUR LIFE SERIES: Antonín Dvořák – Czech Suite, Op. 39


Antonín DvořákCzech Suite, Op. 39

Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra, Theodore Kuchar

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Antonín Dvořák – Legends, Op. 59


Antonín Dvořák – Legends, Op. 59

Ingryd Thorson & Julian Thurber, piano

Antonín Dvořák – Legends, Op. 59
1. Allegretto non troppo, quasi andantino [D minor] 3’03
2. Molto moderato [G major] 4’08
3. Allegro giusto [G minor] 4’11
4. Molto maestoso [C major] 5’30
5. Allegro giusto [A flat major] 4’16
6. Allegro con moto [C sharp minor] 4’21
7. Allegretto grazioso [A major] 2’14
8. Un poco allegretto e grazioso, quasi andantino [F major] 3’16
9. Andante con moto [D major] 2’27
10. Andante [B flat minor] 3’14

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Great Compositions/Performances: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 4, in E-flat major, Op. 7


Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 4, in E-flat major, Op. 7

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No. 4, in E-flat major, Op. 7
Wilhelm Kempff (piano)
in 1951

0:00 1st mov. Allegro molto e con brio
8:41 2nd mov. Largo, con gran espressione
16:31 3rd mov. Allegro
21:50 4th mov. Rondo: Poco allegretto e grazioso

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Make Music Part of our Life Series: Dvořák: Symphony No.8 – Harnoncourt/WPh(2004Live) A great playlist



Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904)
Symphony No.8 in G major, op.88
Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Wiener Philharmoniker
Musikverein, Vienna, 26 9/2004

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 
Symphony No. 8
by Antonín Dvořák
Dvořák 8058.jpg

Title page of the autograph score
Key G major
Catalogue
  • Op. 88
  • B. 163
Style Romantic
Composed 26 August 1889 – 8 November 1889 – Vysoká u Příbramě
Dedication Bohemian Academy of Science, Literature and Arts
Published 1890
Movements 4
Premiere
Date 2 February 1890
Location Prague
Conductor Antonín Dvořák
Performers Orchestra of the National Theatre

The Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88, B. 163, is a symphony by Antonín Dvořák, composed in 1889 at Vysoká u Příbramě, Bohemia, on the occasion of his election to the Bohemian Academy of Science, Literature and Arts. Dvořák conducted the premiere in Prague on 2 February 1890. In contrast to other symphonies of both the composer and the period, the music is cheerful and optimistic

The symphony is in four movements:

  1. Allegro con brio (G major)
  2. Adagio (C minor)
  3. Allegretto grazioso – Molto vivace (G minor)
  4. Allegro ma non troppo (G major)

The work is scored for 2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo)*, 2 oboes (1st doubling english horn)*, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, and strings.[1]

The orchestration of piccolo and English Horn is unusual in this symphony. The piccolo only sustains a long note in unison with the flute at the exposition of the 1st movement and the English Horn only plays a short, but exposed phrase during the second recapitulation of the main “bird call” theme, also in the 1st movement. In some editions the 2nd oboe doubles on English horn rather than the 1st oboe as indicated in most scores.

 

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Antonin Dvorak – Slavonic Dances: Op. 46 & Op. 72


Antonin DvorakSlavonic Dances: Op. 46 & Op. 72

Published on Aug 1, 2012

The Slavonic Dances are a series of 16 orchestral pieces composed by Antonín Dvořák in 1878 and 1886 and published in two sets as Opus 46 and Opus 72 respectively; they were inspired by Johannes Brahms‘s own Hungarian Dances.

The types of dances upon which Dvořák based his music include the furiant, the dumka, the polka, the sousedská, the skočná, the mazurka, the odzemek, the špacírka, the kolo and the polonaise.

Opus 46
0:00 No. 1 in C major: Presto (Furiant)
3:38 No. 2 in E minor: Allegretto scherzando (Dumka)
8:21 No. 3 in A-flat major: Poco allegro (Polka)
12:31 No. 4 in F major: Tempo di Minuetto (Sousedská)
20:19 No. 5 in A major: Allegro vivace (Skočná)
23:31 No. 6 in D major: Allegretto scherzando (Sousedská)
28:05 No. 7 in C minor: Allegro assai (Skočná)
31:19 No. 8 in G minor: Presto (Furiant)

Opus 72
34:58 No. 1 (9) in B major: Molto vivace (Odzemek)
38:33 No. 2 (10) in E minor: Allegretto grazioso (Starodávný)
43:42 No. 3 (11) in F major: Allegro (Skočná)
46:51 No. 4 (12) in D-flat major: Allegretto grazioso (Dumka)
51:48 No. 5 (13) in B-flat minor: Poco adagio (Špacírka)
54:08 No. 6 (14) in B-flat major: Moderato, quasi Minuetto (Starodávný -”Ancient”-)
57:43 No. 7 (15) in C major: Allegro vivace (Kolo)
1:00:51 No. 8 (16) in A-flat major: Grazioso e lento, ma non troppo, quasi tempo di Valse (Sousedská)

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Great Compositions/Performances: W. A. Mozart – Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter” in C major, K. 551 (1788)


W. A. MozartSymphony No. 41 “Jupiter” in C major, K. 551 (1788):
1. Allegro vivace, 4/4
2. Andante cantabile, 3/4 in F major
3. Menuetto: Allegretto – Trio, 3/4
4. Molto allegro, 2/2

The Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Conductor – Nicolaus Harnoncourt
Grosser Musikvereinsaal Wien

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Sergei Rachmaninoff – Scherzo in D minor


V. Polyansky – Russian State SO

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