String Quartet No. 10 (Dvořák)

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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.[1][2] 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").[3] 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.[3]


It is composed of four movements:

  1. Allegro ma non troppo
  2. Dumka: Andante con moto — Vivace
  3. Romanza: Andante con moto
  4. Finale: Allegro assai

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".'[3]

A typical performance lasts about 32 minutes.


  • Anderson, Keith (1997). "Liner Notes – Dvorak: String Quartets, Vol. 4 (Vlach Quartet) – Nos. 10, 14, Naxos 8.553374". Naxos. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  • Cargill, Simon (1990). "Liner Notes – Dvorak String Quartets Nº.10 in E-flat major & Nº.11 in C major, Chandos 8837" (PDF). Chandos. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  • Šourek, Otakar. The Chamber Music of Antonín Dvořák. Translated by Samsour, Roberta Finlayson. Czechoslovakia: Artia. Retrieved 13 March 2018.

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