Rondo for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 94, B171

Opus number


Burghauser catalogue number


Date of composition

25 December – 26 December 1891

Premiere - date and place

8 January 1892, Chrudim

Premiere performer(s)

Hanuš Wihan, Antonín Dvořák

First edition

Simrock, 1894, Berlin

Main key

G minor


approx. 7 min.

In 1892 Dvořák travelled on a “farewell” tour of Bohemian and Moravian cities before his departure for the United States. As fellow performers he chose his friends, violinist Ferdinand Lachner and cellist Hanuš Wihan. The programme for the concerts consisted of Dvořák’s piano trios, involving all three artists (with the composer at the piano), in addition to which each of them would also play solo pieces. For the purposes of this tour Dvořák wrote Rondo in G minor with piano accompaniment for Wihan and he also arranged some of his earlier works. Two years later he arranged the Rondo’s piano accompaniment for small orchestra. The Rondo elaborates three distinctive themes, evolving according to the regular form A–B–A–C–A–B–A.