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furiants

OPUS NUMBER 42
BURGHAUSER CATALOGUE NUMBER 85
COMPOSED 29 May - 25 September 1878
PREMIERE - DATE AND PLACE 17 November 1878, Prague 
PREMIERE - PERFORMER(S) Karel Slavkovsky
FIRST EDITION Bote & Bock, 1879, Berlin
PARTS / MOVEMENTS
1. D major (Allegro con fuoco)
2. F major (Allegro con fuoco)
DURATION approx. 11 min.


Furiants is the common title Dvorak gave to two piano pieces he wrote in June and September 1878. These are not, however, constructed upon the typical irregular rhythms of the fiery folk dance known as “furiant”, but could be seen more as free fantasies in the spirit of Czech folk music in general. Their keyboard stylisation is dazzling, even if it requires great technical proficiency from the performer. Dvorak dedicated the pieces to pianist Karel Slavkovsky, who performed their premiere at the composer’s first independent concert in Prague on 17 November 1878.