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dumka, op. 35

OPUS NUMBER 35
BURGHAUSER CATALOGUE NUMBER 64
COMPOSED December 1876 (1878 ?)
PREMIERE - DATE AND PLACE before 19 March 1880, Wien
PREMIERE - PERFORMER(S) Paula Durrnberger
FIRST EDITION Bote & Bock, 1879, Berlin
DURATION approx. 8 min.


This short piano piece is noteworthy for the fact that it is the first instance where Dvorak uses the term “dumka”, formerly describing a specific type of Ukrainian song. The dumka figure was typical for Dvorak’s oeuvre as an example of his pronounced Slav disposition. This, Dvorak’s first dumka, has a lovely melancholic main theme treated in a series of inventive imitations. The middle section incorporates elements which anticipate the style of his Slavonic Dances. The piece was published in Berlin in 1879 by Bote & Bock.