String Quintet No. 3 (Dvořák)

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The String Quintet in E 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 Quintet was premiered by the Kneisel Quartet in New York on 13 January 1894 along with the second performance of the Quartet and very favorably reviewed, as comparable to Mozart.[1]

The string quintet consists of four movements:

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


  1. ^ The New York Times 14 January 1894 p. 11
  2. ^ 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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