Dvorák: Cello Concerto

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 28, 1999 - Music - 120 pages
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Dvorák's Cello Concerto, composed during his second stay in America, is one of the most popular works in the orchestral repertoire. This guide explores Dvorák's reasons for composing a concerto for an instrument which he at one time considered unsuitable for solo work, its relationship to his American period compositions and how it forms something of a bridge with his operatic interests. A particular focus is the concerto's unique qualities: why it stands apart in terms of form, melodic character and texture from the rest of Dvorák's orchestral music. The role of the dedicatee of the work, Hanus Wihan, in its creation is also considered, as are performing traditions as they have developed in the twentieth century. In addition the guide explores the extraordinary emotional background to the work which links it intimately to the woman who was probably Dvorák's first love.

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Dvořák and the cello
Preludes to the Concerto
The Concerto and Dvořáks American manner
Decisions and revisions sketch and compositional process
The score I forms and melodies
The score II interpretations
Performers and performances
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About the author (1999)

Jan Smaczny is Sir Hamilton Harty Professor of Music at Queen's University Belfast. He has wide-ranging research interests, particularly in relation to the impact of earlier music, including that of Bach, on composers of the Romantic era. Author of two books, The Daily Repertoire of the Prague Provisional Theatre (1994) and Dvorak's Cello Concerto (1999), he has contributed articles to a number of publications, including The Cambridge Mozart Encyclopedia (2006). His co-edited volume, Wagner and Dvorak, will be published in 2013.

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