The first set of Antonin Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances appeared in 1878 at the suggestion of his publisher, Fritz Simrock. The Czech composer drew inspiration from Brahms’s Hungarian Dances, which he had already orchestrated. His musical approach, however, was different: while Brahms had simply transcribed traditional music, Dvořák reworked folk materials to create dances forging a bridge between tradition and modernity. With an incredibly varied and nuanced orchestration, the Czech composer vibrantly commemorated his home country, as shown by the two Furiants which open and close this opus of the Slavonic Dances!

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Fifteen years after the success of Brahms’s Hungarian Dances, Dvořák paid tribute to his friend by following his model and thus Slavonic Dances, Op. 46 was born! Inspired by traditional Czech music, Dvořák gleaned folk materials in a work that perfectly balanced tradition and innovation. One could claim that the great success of this work stems from the fusion between the spirit of the Czech population and the genius of its composer, who did not simply transcribe these popular melodies but reworked them to create something entirely different! When his publisher asked him to repeat the success of his dances, he replied that it was “devilishly difficult to write the same thing twice.” However, the miracle came again: eight years later, he completed Slavonic Dances, Op. 72! Immerse yourself in the beauty of Czech folklore by listening to Dvořák's Slavonic Dances, Op. 46 on