Proof of the collaboration between a composer and virtuoso performer: one of the last compositions by Antonín Leopold Dvorák

Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra B minor op. 104 by Antonin Dvorák

Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra B minor op. 104 by Antonin Dvorák

Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra B minor op. 104 by Antonin Dvorák

  1. One of the last compositions by Antonín Leopold Dvorák (1841–1904), written between 1892 and 1895 in New York City

  2. Dvorák originally wrote it for his friend Hanuš Wihan (1855–1920), who was considered the greatest cellist of his time

  3. Wihan actually worked on this composition, which is evident from the original manuscript

Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra B minor op. 104 by Antonin Dvorák

Alternative Titles:
  • Violinkonzert undOrchester B von Antonio Dvorák
Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra B minor op. 104 by Antonin Dvorák  – National Library of the Czech Republic (Prague, Czech Republic)
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This rare artifact of Czech nationalism was composed in New York City and premiered in London in 1896. It is the work of composer Antonín Leopold Dvořák, who collaborated with his friend Hanuš Wihan, the most talented cellist of the period. Dvořák managed to create one of the finest compositions for the cello, which is also a fine example of collaboration between composer and musician.

Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra B minor op. 104 by Antonin Dvořák

Antonín Leopold Dvořák (1841–1904) was one of the first Czech composers to achieve worldwide recognition. He incorporated elements of Moravian and Bohemian folk music into his compositions to create a national Czech musical style. The Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra B minor op. 104 is one of Dvořák’s last compositions, created while he worked as the director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York City from 1892 to 1895. It is one of the most highly regarded works in all of cello concerti. Oddly, Dvořák was not particularly fond of the cello as a solo instrument, believing that it did not possess the proper range since only its middle pitch was refined saying “up there it mumbles and down there it rumbles”. It is thus surprising that he successfully created such a beloved concerto for the cello. Dvořák originally wrote it for his friend Hanuš Wihan (1855–1920), considered the greatest cellist of his time, although his commitment with the Czech String Quartet meant that the concerto was first performed by English cellist Leo Stern (1862–1904) for its 1896 premiere in London. Nonetheless, Wihan would not only perform the work, but was actually collaborated in its composition, which is evident in the original manuscript at hand. It is accompanied by the composer’s adaptation for piano. This original score is a testament to the collaborative relationship between composer and virtuoso performer.

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Violinkonzert undOrchester B von Antonio Dvorák
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Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra B minor op. 104
Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra B minor op. 104 by Antonin Dvorák  – National Library of the Czech Republic (Prague, Czech Republic)
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Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra B minor op. 104

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Bärenreiter-Verlag – Kassel, 2011
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1 volume by Jan Smaczny, Jan Dehner
Languages: Czech, English, German
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Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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