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furiants 

opus number
42 
Burghauser catalogue number
85 
composed
29 May - 25 September 1878 
premiere - date and place
17 November 1878, Praha 
premiere - performer(s)
Karel Slavkovsky 
parts / movements
1. D major (Allegro con fuoco)
2. F major (Allegro con fuoco) 
duration
approx. 11 min. 


Furiants is the common title Dvorak gave to two piano pieces he wrote in June and September 1878. These are not, however, constructed upon the typical irregular rhythms of the fiery folk dance known as “furiant”, but could be seen more as free fantasies in the spirit of Czech folk music in general. Their keyboard stylisation is dazzling, even if it requires great technical proficiency from the performer. Dvorak dedicated the pieces to pianist Karel Slavkovsky, who performed their premiere at the composer’s first independent concert in Prague on 17 November 1878.