In 1878, referring to Brahms' "Danses hungroises", Dvorák was approached to evoke his homeland through something similar. He composes eight "Slavic Dances", thanks to which he succeeds his international breakthrough. The Furiant, Polka and Sousedska, masterfully composed, amaze by their formal refinement. The "Slavic Dances" have also become popular in their orchestral version, but they were originally written for piano four hands. As the text authorized by Dvorák during his lifetime was by no means an ideal version, we present this version, on the occasion of the centenary of the composer's death, accompanied by a detailed commentary on sources and editorial problems. Fingerings, often difficult in four-handed pieces, were entrusted to Andreas Groethuysen, who, relying on his pianistic practice, has mastered his task.
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