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two waltzes

OPUS NUMBER 54
BURGHAUSER CATALOGUE NUMBER 105
COMPOSED 9 December 1879 (revision: March 1880)
PREMIERE - DATE AND PLACE private performance: December 1879 and January 1880, Prague
public performance: 29 March 1880
PREMIERE - PERFORMER(S) private performance: Novacek, Pecirka, Buchal, Sramek (?)
public performance (orchestral setting of the strings):  conductor Antonin Dvorak
FIRST EDITION Simrock, 1911, Berlin
PARTS / MOVEMENTS
No. 1 A major (Moderato)
No. 2 D major (Allegro vivace)
DURATION approx. 7 min.


Dvorak arranged the first and fourth piece from his piano cycle Waltzes, Op. 54, for string quartet as well. For ease of performance the second of these was transposed from the original D flat major to D major. This quartet version of the Waltzes was only published after the composer’s death, in 1911.