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Dvořák: Terzetto in C

05 November, 2020

Chamber Sounds #14. Dvořák’s passion for folk music can be traced back to its popularity in his childhood. Fragments of folk music can be heard in most of his pieces, especially Terzetto in C.

Series: Chamber Sounds
On Demand from: 5 November 2020



Filmed with the support of our partners at City Recital Hall.

About the Music

Dvořák would have been delighted to see Sophie Cole, Georges Lentz, and Sandro Costantino getting together back in June to play the first two movements of the Terzetto.

This is because he wrote the piece for precisely this purpose – three friends getting together to make music in the home. Indeed, two of the original performers lived in the same house. One of the lodgers in the building where Dvořák and his family lived was a chemistry student and amateur violinist called Josef Kruis. He played second violin; Dvořák, one of many great composers who played the viola, took that part for himself; and Kruis’s violin teacher Jan Pelikán played first violin. A sense of relaxed fun is most clearly heard in the third movement, a dashing Czech furiant dance. Dvořák had just finished composing his Slavonic Dances when he wrote the Terzetto, and clearly wasn’t quite ready to leave this sound-world behind.

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