String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 97 - Dvořák

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Antonín Dvořák
Borromeo String Quartet
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

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The String Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 97, B. 180, was composed by Antonín Dvořák during the summer he spent in Spillville, Iowa in 1893. It is a "Viola Quintet" in that it is scored for string quartet with an extra viola. It was completed in just over a month, immediately after he wrote his American String Quartet. Like the Quartet, the Quintet finely captures the inflection of Dvořák's Bohemian idiom with American inspirations. The Quintet was premiered by the Kneisel Quartet in New York 13 January 1894 along with the second performance of the Quartet and very favorably reviewed, as comparable to Mozart.

The String Quintet consists of four movements:

1. Allegro non tanto
2. Allegro vivo
3. Larghetto, in double variation form.
4. Finale. Allegro giusto
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Classical music piece performed by: Borromeo String Quartet
Licensed by: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
Music license: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Portrait by courtesy of Bibliothèque nationale de France

Classical music piece ID: HDCM0717

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