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Dumka, JW VII/4
? 1880; Con moto; first performed in 1885 in a benefit concert for the Brno Organ School; published 1929

'Dohnányi & Janáček: Violin Sonatas' (CDA67699)
Dohnányi & Janáček: Violin Sonatas
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Track 12 on CDA67699 [5'38]

Dumka, JW VII/4
The Dumka is thought to date from 1880, and was apparently first performed in 1885 in a benefit concert for the Brno Organ School, though it was not published until 1929, shortly after the composer’s death. The Czech term ‘dumka’ originally meant a lament, from the Ukrainian ‘duma’, a kind of narrative ballad. In Slavonic music, the dumka has an A–B–A form, usually alternating fast and slow sections. (Dvorák’s famous ‘Dumky’ Piano Trio was not written until 1891.) The passionately melancholic opening strain of Janácek’s piece is effectively contrasted with a more pathetic middle section.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2010

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67699 track 12
Recording date
6 January 2009
Recording venue
Jerusalem Music Centre, Israel
Recording producer
Eric Wen
Recording engineer
Zvi Hirshler
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  1. Dohnányi & Janácek: Violin Sonatas (CDA67699)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: April 2010
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