Tuesday, August 23, 2011

David Oistrakh; Dvořák Slavonic Dance No 2

David Oistrakh plays Antonín Dvořák's Slavonic Dance No. 2 in E minor, opus 72, which Dvořák composed in 1886. Inspired by Johannes Brahms' Hungarian Dances, this is the second set of eight dances that the Czech composer wrote; the first set of eight were completed in 1878. It forms part of the music of the late Romantic period.

Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904): Czech composer:  In  an article, "Music in America," which appeared in Harper's Monthly Magazine in February 1895, Dvořák said: "The music of the people is like a rare and lovely flower growing amidst encroaching weeds. Thousands pass it, while others trample it under foot, and thus the chances are that it will perish before it is seen by the one discriminating spirit who will prize it above all else. The fact that no one has as yet arisen to make the most of it does not prove that nothing is there."