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mazurek for violin and orchestra

COMPOSED completed 15 February 1879
PREMIERE - DATE AND PLACE 25 December 1879, Plzen
PREMIERE - PERFORMER(S) Rudolf Novacek (violin), 11th Infantry Regiment Band, conductor Karel Komzak
FIRST EDITION Simrock, 1879, Berlin
MAIN KEY E minor
INSTRUMENTATION 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, timpani, violins, violas, cellos, double basses + violin solo
DURATION approx. 6 min.

Dvorak wrote his Mazurek in E minor at the request of his publisher Simrock who, after the success of Slavonic Dances, commissioned from the composer a short piece for violin in the same style. The simple form is constructed from two contrasting themes, one highly rhythmical, the other lyrical. Simrock published the Mazurek the year it was written, and it bore a dedication to Pablo de Sarasate. The piece also exists in a version with piano accompaniment
first page of the score