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polonaise for cello and piano 

opus number
Burghauser catalogue number
June(?) 1879 
premiere - date and place
29 June 1879, Turnov 
premiere - performer(s)
Alois Neruda, Antonin Dvorak 
main key
A major 
approx. 8 min. 

This short piece was written for a concert of Dvorak’s works held in Turnov on 29 June 1879. The main item on the programme was his Piano Trio in G minor, but all three players were also to perform as soloists. For cellist Alois Neruda, Dvorak wrote a polonaise with piano accompaniment. The whereabouts of the autograph is unknown, but the polonaise survived as a copy which was discovered in Vienna in 1925. The polonaise follows a symmetrical A-B-A form, and is preceded by a quasi-improvisational introduction. In terms of rhythm and expression, the main theme respects the traditional polonaise style; the middle section is more serene and lyrical in tone. Dvorak later used a variant of the polonaise’s thematic material in his String Quartet in C major.