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dumka, op. 35 

opus number
Burghauser catalogue number
December 1876 (1878?) 
premiere - date and place
before 19 March 1880, Wien 
premiere - performer(s)
Paula Durrnberger 
approx. 8 min. 

This short piano piece is noteworthy for the fact that it is the first instance where Dvorak uses the term “dumka”, formerly describing a specific type of Ukrainian song. The dumka figure was typical for Dvorak’s oeuvre as an example of his pronounced Slav disposition. This, Dvorak’s first dumka, has a lovely melancholic main theme treated in a series of inventive imitations. The middle section incorporates elements which anticipate the style of his Slavonic Dances. The piece was published in Berlin in 1879 by Bote & Bock.