Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
Slavonic Dance, opus 46 no. 8
(arranged for wind quintet by Friedrich Gabler)

Czech-born Antonín Dvorák was born the son of a village butcher in rural Bohemia. However, his early musical talent was so apparent that at the age of twelve he was relieved from his duties as a butcher's apprentice and sent to live with his uncle, under whose supervision he learned German and the rudiments of music theory. Some six years later he graduated from the Prague Organ School and by 1891 had been appointed Professor of Composition at the Prague Conservatory. However, the exposure to rural folk music he had received in his formative years is apparent in a good deal of his later output, not least the two sets of Slavonic Dances (opus 46 and 71). These were originally written for piano duet (four hands); however, they were later orchestrated by the composer and many have since inspired numerous arrangements.

Tonight we present perhaps the most well known, in an arrangement for wind quintet by Friedrich Gabler. JCC

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