Composer: Antonín Dvořák
Instrument: Flute and Piano
Duration: 7 min.
Adapted and edited by András Adorján
András Adorján, Flute – Chika Nishiwaki, Piano
live recording in Osaka, 2017
Apart from many beautiful flute solos in his symphonic works Antonín Dvořák never composed music for the flute. To fill such a regrettable gap flutists often play his Sonatina for violin and piano, opus 100.
This Rondo for cello and piano in G minor, opus 94 was originally written in all haste in 1871 on December 25th and 26th for the cellist Hanuš Wihan, in order to be played by Dvořák together with his friends the violinist Ferdinand Lachner and Hanuš Wihan at a farewell concert tour in 1872, before he departed to the US. In 1893 he also orchestrated it for small orchestra. The source of this edition is the first print by Simrock, Berlin 1894, which has several differences from the manuscript as to articulation, phrasing and dynamics.The present flute version is yet another attempt to add a splendid piece of Dvořák to the flute literature.
Munich, July 2018
Flute and Piano
About the composer +
Antonín Leopold Dvořák (8 September 1841 – 1 May 1904) was a Czech composer. After Bedřich Smetana, he was the next Czech Romantic-era composer to achieve worldwide recognition. Following Smetana's nationalist example, Dvořák frequently employed aspects, specifically rhythms, of the folk music of Moravia and his native Bohemia. 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".
Cordial thanks to István Adorján, Orfeo Mandozzi, Jan Ostry, PhDr. Eva Paulová, Wolf-Dieter Seiffert, Mgr. Veronika Vejvodová PhD. and Yumiko Urabe for their help in preparing this edition; as well as to the České Museum Hudby and the Antonín Dvořák Museum for the reproduction permit of the first page of the manuscript.
Cover: Prague (detail), engraving by Matthäus Merian, 1635