Mazurek for Violin and Orchestra in E minor, Op. 49, B90

Opus number


Burghauser catalogue number


Date of composition

completed 15 February 1879

Premiere - date and place

25 December 1879, Plzeň

Premiere performer(s)

Rudolf Nováček, 11th Infantry Regiment Band, conductor Karel Komzák

First edition

Simrock, 1879, Berlin

Main key

E minor


2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, timpani, violins, violas, cellos, double basses + violin solo


approx. 6 min.

Dvořák 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.