The Slavonic Dances (Czech: Slovanské tance) are a
series of 16 orchestral pieces composed by Antonín
Dvořák in 1878 and 1886 and published in two sets
as Opus 46 and Opus 72 respectively. Originally written
for piano four hands, the Slavonic Dances were inspired
by Johannes Brahms's own Hungarian Dances and were
orchestrated at the request of Dvořák's publisher
soon after composition. The pieces, lively and overtly
nationalistic, were well received at the time and today
are among the composer's most memorable works,
occasionally making appearances in popular culture.
Prior to the publication of the Slavonic Dances, Op.
46, Dvořák was a relatively unknown composer.
Although originally written for orchestra, I adapted
his work for solo Concert (Pedal) Harp.