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Dvorak, Antonin: "Koboldstanz" (Goblins Dance) from "Poetic Tone Pictures" for String Quartet

"Koboldstanz" (Goblins Dance) from "Poetic Tone Pictures" for String Quartet
Op. 85 No. 8
Antonin Dvorak

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Composer :Antonin DvorakAntonin Dvorak (1841 - 1904)
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Antonin DvorakMagatagan, Mike (1960 - )
Date :1889
Copyright :Public Domain
Widely regarded as the most distinguished of Czech composers, Antonin Dvorák (1841-1904) produced attractive and vigorous music possessed of clear formal outlines, melodies that are both memorable and spontaneous-sounding, and a colorful, effective instrumental sense. Dvorák is considered one of the major figures of nationalism, both proselytizing for and making actual use of folk influences, which he expertly combined with Classical forms in works of all genres. His symphonies are among his most widely appreciated works; the Symphony No. 9 ("From the New World," 1893) takes a place among the finest and most popular examples of the symphonic literature. Similarly, his Cello Concerto (1894-1895) is one of the cornerstones of the repertory, providing the soloist an opportunity for virtuosic flair and soaring expressivity. Dvorák displayed special skill in writing for chamber ensembles, producing dozens of such works; among these, his 14 string quartets (1862-1895), the "American" Quintet (1893) and the "Dumky" Trio (1890-1891) are outstanding examples of their respective genres, overflowing with attractive folklike melodies set like jewels into the solid fixtures of Brahmsian absolute forms.

Dvorák wrote a good deal of music for solo piano, very little of which has ever really made a name for itself in a repertoire whose every corner is filled with more user-friendly, and often more pianistic, works. (Dvorák could hold his own at the keyboard, but he was certainly no virtuoso). Some of the dances and humoresques are occasionally taken off the shelf for a run-through, however, and a few of the sets of short pieces are loved by more pianists than just the Czech-specialists. Perhaps the best of these sets is the Poetic Tone Pictures for piano, Op. 85, 13 colorfully titled pieces supplied with abundant colorful music.

Dvorák apparently came up with the 13 picturesque titles after he had finished composing the pieces in June 1889. They are, in English: 1. Nighttime Path, 2. Toying, 3. At the Old Castle, 4. Song of Spring, 5. Peasant Ballad, 6. Lament, 7. Furiant-Dance, 8. Goblin-Dance, 9. Serenade, 10. Bacchanal, 11. Tittle-tattle, 12. At the Hero's Grave, 13. On the Holy Mountain.

The pieces are in reality not all that short; still, Dvorák hoped that pianists would perform them all together. The many-faceted No. 1 is perhaps most like a small tone-poem. Nos. 7 and 8 make for a nice minor major dance pair; these two are the most immediately appealing of the group, but Dvorák strikes deepest in the serious-subjected Nos. 3, 12, and 13.

Although originally written for Piano, I created this interpretation of the "Koboldstanz" (Goblins Dance) from "Poetic Tone Pictures" (Op. 85 B.161 No. 8) for String Quartet (2 Violins, Viola & Cello).
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