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Nocturne in B major, Op.40

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Originally written as part of the String Quintet in G major Op.77, this slow, stately and sonorous piece was recycled by Dvorak a number of times in the 1880s and makes a wonderful addition to the string orchestra repertoire. Lasting almost ten minutes, the long cantabile phrases produce a work of Czech lyrical beauty, demonstrating the composer's strong and confident command of the string orchestra medium. There are musical and technical challenges for each instrument and this could be a useful work to showcase the qualities of your string orchestra.

David Heyes writes: "Dvorak's Nocturne in B major has had an interesting past and exists in a number of versions, all published during the composer's lifetime. Part of the work was used as the central section of his one-movement String Quintet in E minor (1870), and it then appeared as the beginning of the first slow movement [Intermezzo] of the String Quintet in G major, Op.77 (1875), which was premiered the following year. It was removed from the quintet after the premiere, possibly in the late 1870s, and was then published in 1883 by Bote & Bock of Berlin in versions for string orchestra (enlarged and amended)m violin and piano and for piano duet."

The edition includes a score and parts (4.4.3.3.2).

Performance Level: Advanced

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Cat No. RMS047
Price £20.00
ComposerAntonín Dvorák
EditorDavid Heyes
CategoryString Orchestra
PublisherRecital Music
Difficulty level7 - 8
ISMN 979-0-57045-847-9
EAN-13 9790570458479
Weight 292 grams
Published 19th July 2009
Availability 3 in stock
See also...
RMS026  Two Waltzes Op.54, No.1 & 4
RMS095  Two Elegiac Melodies, Op.34
RMS502  Waltz No.1 in A major (STRING QUARTET)