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Dumka
 Composed by Janácek, Leos
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Janácek: Dumka for violin and piano

This Dumka dates from around 1880 in close temporal proximity to the fourth Romance, though Leoš Janácek made no reference to it in his letters to Zdenka Schulzová from Leipzig and Vienna. Its source is a Ukrainian dumka, a dance which became a firm favourite with Dvorák, whose influence is clearly apparent in this piece. In contrast to the earlier simpler Romance with its frequent doubling of the violin and piano parts, this Dumka is more elaborate in its formal construction and more ardent in its expressive content.

It was first performed in a benefit concert for the Brno Organ school on 8 March 1885 by the violinist A Sobotka, with the composer at the piano, and was published in 1929. Janácek's autograph violin part turned up amongst the papers of Bretislav Bakala in 1995.

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