Slavonic Dance No. 4 in F major (ME)

By: Dvorak
For: Large mixed ensemble
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Composer
Dvorak
Arranger
Year of arrangement
2006
Lyricist
none
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
7 minutes
Genre
Classical music
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Prior to the publication of the Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, Dvořák was a relatively unknown composer. Because of this fact, he had applied for the Austrian State Music Prize scholarship in order to fund his compositional work. After he won the prize 3 times in 4 years (1874, 1876-77), Johannes Brahms, as one of the members of the committee responsible for awarding the scholarship, referred Dvořák to his own publisher, Fritz Simrock. The first of Dvořák’s music to be published by Simrock was the Moravian Duets, which attained widespread success; encouraged, Simrock asked the composer to write something with a dance-like character. Unsure how to begin, Dvořák used Brahms’s Hungarian Dances as a model — but only as a model; there are a number of important differences between the two works. For example, whereas Brahms made use of actual Hungarian folk melodies, Dvořák only made use of the characteristic rhythms of Slavic folk music: the melodies are entirely his own. Simrock was immediately impressed by the music Dvořák produced (originally for piano four hands), and asked the composer for an orchestral version as well. Both versions were published within the year, and quickly established Dvořák’s international reputation. The enormous success of the Opus 46 dances led Simrock to request another set of Slavonic Dances in 1886; Dvořák’s subsequent Opus 72 dances met with a similar reception.

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Harpsichord Sonata K474 (ME), Symphony No 45 [Farewell] (ME), El Capitan (ME), The Liberty Bell (ME), The Gladiator (ME), Semper Fidelis (ME), Divertimento [K227] 1. Moderato (Mozart), Divertimento [K227] 2. Minuet (Mozart), Minuet [Quartet No. 3. Op. 76] (ME), Light Baggage Gallop (ME), Divertimento [K227] 3. Andante (Mozart), Hands across the sea (ME), Dance of the little Moorish Slaves [AIDA] (ME), Serenade Op. 22 for Wind Ensemble (ME), Andante [Symphony No. 94-Surprise] (ME), Minuet [Quartet No. 1. Op. 71] (ME), Minuet [Boccherini] (ME), Divertimento [K388] 2. Andante , Divertimento [K388] 3. Allegro, Divertimento [K388] 1. Allegro, Pavane (Capriol Suite), Divertimento [K226] 2. Gavotte (Mozart), Divertimento [K226] 3. Allegro (Mozart), Ballet Egyptian (ME), Ouvre Ton Coeur (Open your heart) (ME), Scicilienne [Pelleas & Melisande] Op. 80 (ME), Manhattan Beach (ME), Wedding day in Troldhaugen (ME), Water Music [Suite: 5 movements] (ME), Funeral March of a Marionette (ME), Divertimento [K226] 1. Minuet (Mozart), Danse Villageoise [Suite Pastorale] (ME), Gavotte [Sonata No. 5] (ME), Overture: H. M. S. Pinafore (ME), Selection: The Mikado (Mixed Ensemble), Selection: H. M. S. Pinafore (ME), Overture: The Pirates of Penzance (ME), Divertimento [K361] 4. Allegro , Anitra’s Dance [Peer Gynt Suite No. 1] Op. 46 (ME), Nutcracker Suite - 8. Waltz of the flowers (ME), Divertimento [K361] 3. Minuet, Divertimento [K361] 2. Andante, Overture: Iolanthe (ME), Divertimento [K361] 1. Allegro , Serenade K163 (ME), Minuetto [L’Arlesienne Suite No. 1] (ME), Harpsichord Sonata [K430] (ME), Arioso (ME), March of the dwarfs [Lyric Suite Op. 54] (ME), Overture: Ruddigore (ME), Bethena [A concert Waltz] (ME), Tower Warders (ME), Harpsichord Sonata [K427] (ME), La fille aux cheveux de lin (Girl with the flaxen hair) (ME), Schubert’s Serenade (ME), Spanish Dance (ME), Les Patineurs [Skater’s Waltz] Op. 183 (ME), La Folia [Sonata in A] (ME), Nocturne [Borodin] (ME), Prelude [BVM 881] (ME), Berceuse [Dolly Suite] (ME), Seville [Suite Espanola] (ME), Serenade Op. 44 (ME), Holberg Suite - Gavotte (ME), Clair de lune [Suite Bergamasque] (Debussy) (ME), Golliwog’s Cakewalk [Suite Children’s Corner] (ME), Andante Cantabile (ME), Nutcracker Suite - 1. Overture (ME), Nutcracker Suite - 2. March (ME), Nutcracker Suite - 3. Dance of the sugar plum fairy (ME), Nutcracker Suite - 4. Russian dance - Trepak (ME), Nutcracker Suite - 5. Arabian dance (ME), Nutcracker Suite - 6. Chinese dance (ME), Nutcracker Suite - 7. Dance of the reed pipes (ME), Harpsichord Sonata [K519] (ME), Divertimento [K213] 1. Allegro, Scherzo [Quartet in a minor] (ME), Salut d’amour (ME), Divertimento [K213] 2. Minuet, Divertimento [K213] 3. Rondo, Moment Musical (ME) and Scherzo [Petite Symphony] (ME)

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