String Quartet No. 10 (Dvořák)
Antonín Dvořák wrote his String Quartet No. 10 in E♭ major, Op. 51 (B. 92), in 1879 at the request of Jean Becker, the leader of the Florentine Quartet. It is sometimes nicknamed the Slavonic Quartet (Becker had asked specifically for a "Slavonic Quartet" in the wake of Dvořák's "Slavonic Dances" and "Slavonic Rhapsodies"). The quartet was dedicated to Jean Becker; it was first performed by the Joachim Quartet at a private chamber music evening on July 29, 1879, in Berlin. It was published by Simrock, Berlin, in 1879.
It is composed of four movements:
The Slavonic character of the Quartet derives from the scherzo movement which has the form of a Dumka, and from the last movement, which according to Šourek is 'an art stylization of the very characteristic Czech "skona".'
A typical performance lasts about 32 minutes.
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- Šourek, Otakar. The Chamber Music of Antonín Dvořák. Translated by Samsour, Roberta Finlayson. Czechoslovakia: Artia. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
- "Antonin Dvořák: String quartet no. 10 "Slavonic"". antonin-dvorak.cz. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
- Dvořák Quartet 10: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)
- Performance of String Quartet no. 10 by the Borromeo String Quartet from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in MP3 format
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