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Antonín (Leopold) Dvořák

Antonín (Leopold) Dvořák Composer

Ballad in D-, for violin and piano, B.139, Op.15, No.1

Performances: 4
Tracks: 4
  • Ballad in D-, for violin and piano, B.139, Op.15, No.1
    Key: D-
    Genre: Other Chamber
    Pr. Instrument: Violin
Some musicologists have speculated that Dvorák initially intended this music—a dark meditation entirely in the key of D minor—as the slow movement of his Symphony No. 4, but evidence for this remains elusive. The Ballad is a brooding, deeply Slavic piece mainly adhering to slow tempos and exploring the violin's lower registers, with the piano providing only a skeletal, chordal accompaniment on the beat. Eventually, the two instruments burst into faster, more impassioned material, but this proves to be only a brief interruption; the initial, introspective rhapsody resumes, covering much the same ground as before until a haunting, almost rapturous coda finally sends the violin into its higher reaches.

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