Impromptu in D minor, B129

Opus number

Burghauser catalogue number


Date of composition

(?) January 1883

Premiere - date and place

(?) 23 November 1884, Plzen

Premiere performer(s)

(?) 23 November 1884, Plzen

First edition

Humoristicke listy (J. R. Vilimek), 1883 Prague


approx. 21 min.

Impromptu in D minor is an occasional piano piece which Dvorak wrote at the beginning of 1883 at the request of his friend Vaclav Juda Novotny for the music supplement of the magazine Humoristicke listy. It is constructed upon three exalted themes prized for their masterful treatment, range of moods and strong emotional impact. The Impromptu features a symmetrical A-B-A form, while the thematically identical outer parts are reminiscent of some of Dvorak’s dumkas. After its publication in the magazine, the work was forgotten and the autograph was long considered lost. It was only after many decades that it was later discovered in a private collection.