2009 Student Research Conference:
22nd Annual Student Research Conference

Antonín Dvořák's Hausmusik: Elegant Art for the Home
Jennifer L. Thomas*, Ashley P. King♦, and Christina M. Scheperle♦
Prof. Shirley McKamie, Faculty Mentor

Czech composer Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904) is best known for his large-scale orchestral and chamber works which combine a Romantic style (largely influenced by the dominant Germanic idiom) with the folk influences of his native Bohemia. In 1878, while residing in Prague, he wrote Maličkosti (Bagatelles, Op. 47) for two violins, cello, and harmonium. The music blends the sound of Bohemian folk music, represented in the first movement, with the more sophisticated forms and writing associated with the Germanic style in the canonic fourth movement. This work is the only published piece in Dvořák's repertoire written for harmonium instead of piano. With Maličkosti, Dvořák helped elevate domestic chamber music to a new, sophisticated level of musical style.

Keywords: Dvořák, Bohemian, Hausmusik, Harmonium, Bagatelles


Presentation Type: Performance Art

Session: 31-4
Location: OP Performance Hall
Time: 2:00

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