Two Little Pearls, B156

Opus number

Burghauser catalogue number


Date of composition

11 November 1887

Premiere - date and place

(?) 24 February 1889, Olomouc

Premiere performer(s)

(?) pupils of musical school

First edition

Mladý český pianista (F. A. Urbánek) No. 7, 1888, Prague

Parts / movements

1. In a Ring (Do kola) (Vivace)
2. Grandpa Dances with Grandma (Dědeček tančí s babičkou) (Allegretto grazioso)


approx. 2 min. 20 sec.

These two little dance pieces were written for the seventh issue of the collection Young Czech Pianist, published in Prague by Urbánek. They are technically undemanding works aimed at children, as expressly stated by Dvořák in the autograph: “Two pieces for the young pianist”. Despite its character as an occasional work, and its simplicity, the second piece is quite magical and arguably one of Dvořák’s best piano miniatures. The autograph went missing for many years but was rediscovered at the beginning of the 21st century.