Dvořák – Violin concerto

Last updated Jan 30, 2024 | Published on Jan 13, 2022

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The only violin concerto by the great bohemian composer Antonín Dvořák was written in 1879, only a few months after the one written by his friend and advocate Johannes Brahms.

Like Brahms, Dvořák dedicated his concerto to the great virtuoso Joseph Joachim: a smart marketing move to use Joachim’s authority to make his new concerto known to a large audience.
Joachim had already been promoting Dvořák’s Sextet op.48 the year before and started suggesting a series of changes to the violin concerto which the composer would incorporate throughout the years.

For different reasons though, he never got to perform it.

Nevertheless, the concerto cut its place out in the repertoire, especially because of its melodic lines, its folk references, and its sparkly finale which was immediately liked by virtuosos such as Pablo de Sarasate.

Antonín Dvořák in 1882

Dvořák: Violin concerto – Analysis

Movement 1

Should you need a score you can find one here.

Afew bars of the orchestra serve as an introduction to the solo entrance, as the opening of the curtain

Dvořák - Violin Concerto Analysis ex.1

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