String Quintet in E-flat major, Op 97 'American'
The String Quintet in E♭ major, Op. 97, B. 180, was composed by Antonín Dvořák during the summer he spent in Spillville, Iowa in 1893. It is a "Viola Quintet" in that it is scored for string quartet with an extra viola. It was completed in just over a month, immediately after he wrote his American String Quartet. Like the Quartet, the Quintet finely captures the inflection of Dvořák's Bohemian idiom with American inspirations. The Quintet was premiered by the Kneisel Quartet in New York on 13 January 1894 along with the second performance of the Quartet and very favorably reviewed, as comparable to Mozart.
The string quintet consists of four movements:
Performances & Interviews
- Dvorak: American String Quintethttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01s8pbs.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01s8pbs.jpg2014-05-08T08:46:00.000ZThe Skampa Quartet and viola player Garfield Jackson join Stephen Johnson to explore Dvorak's American String Quintet, written in the three years the composer spent in America.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01ypvbd
Dvorak: American String QuintetThe Skampa Quartet and viola player Garfield Jackson join Stephen Johnson to explore Dvorak's American String Quintet, written in the three years the composer spent in America.