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Ballad in D minor, Op 15 No 1
composer
autumn 1884; B139

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'Dvořák: Music for violin and piano' (CDH55365)
Dvořák: Music for violin and piano
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Track 5 on CDH55365 [6'11] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Ballad in D minor, Op 15 No 1
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The Ballad in D minor was composed in the autumn of 1884 specifically for publication in the Christmas edition of the London Magazine of Music for that year; a number of commissions from England, both large and small, flowed as a result of Dvorák’s growing reputation abroad. Though much slighter than the Seventh Symphony, written just after it, the Ballad has something of its tragic and passionate tone; the reflective opening idea, played by the violin, also seems to look forward to the style of Janácek.

from notes by Jan Smaczny © 1998

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