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mazurek for violin and piano

OPUS NUMBER 49
BURGHAUSER CATALOGUE NUMBER 89
COMPOSED February 1879
PREMIERE - DATE AND PLACE 29 March 1879, Prague
PREMIERE - PERFORMER(S) Ferdinand Lachner, Zdenek Fibich
FIRST EDITION Simrock, 1879, Berlin
MAIN KEY
E minor
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 orchestral accompaniment.