String Quintet No. 3 (Dvořák)

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The String Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 97, B. 180, was composed by Antonín Dvořák during the summer he spent in Spillville, Iowa in 1893. It is a "Viola Quintet" in that it is scored for string quartet with an extra viola. It was completed in just over a month, immediately after he wrote his American String Quartet. Like the Quartet, the Quintet finely captures the inflection of Dvořák's Bohemian idiom with American inspirations.

The String Quintet consists of four movements:

  1. Allegro non tanto
  2. Allegro vivo
  3. Larghetto, in double variation form.[1]
  4. Finale. Allegro giusto


  1. ^ Lawson, Colin (2003) "The string quartet as a foundation for larger ensembles," in Robin Stowell and Jonathan Cross, eds, The Cambridge Companion to the String Quartet, pp. 310-327. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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