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furiant 

opus number
12/2 
Burghauser catalogue number
137 
composed
September (?) 1884 
premiere - date and place
premiere - performer(s)
duration
approx. 3 min. 30 sec. 


The Furiant was commissioned by the owner of the London-based publisher J. W. Coates, who requested it for the supplement of his Magazine of Music (Dvorak also wrote Dumka, Op. 12/1, for this magazine, but it ended up in a Paris-based album). Both pieces were also published in Prague by Frantisek Augustin Urbanek, featuring a dedication to a young amateur pianist, Marie Rusova, the daughter of one of Dvorak’s friends. This little piece, characteristic for its effective contrast between the outer “furiant” parts and the more tranquil middle section, is one of the composer’s most successful stylisations of a folk dance.