The Golden Spinning Wheel (Czech: Zlatý kolovrat), Op. 109, B. 197, is a symphonic poem for orchestra by Antonín Dvořák, composed from January to April 1896. The work is inspired by the poem of the same name found in Kytice, a collection of folk ballads by Karel Jaromír Erben.
A semi-public performance was given at the Prague Conservatory on 3 June 1896 conducted by Antonín Bennewitz. Its first fully public premiere was in London on 26 October 1896, under the baton of Hans Richter.
It is scored for piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, bass drum, cymbals, triangle, harp, and strings. A typical performance lasts approximately 27 minutes.
Dvořák's son-in-law, composer Josef Suk, made a shortened version of the piece. His cuts are taken in Talich's recording and some of them in Chalabala's. The piece is now usually performed complete.
Performances & Interviews
- Dvorak: The Golden Spinning Wheelhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01s8qkv.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01s8qkv.jpg2014-05-08T08:59:00.000ZStephen Johnson looks at Dvorak's tone poem, The Golden Spinning Wheel.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01ypvxz
Dvorak: The Golden Spinning WheelStephen Johnson looks at Dvorak's tone poem, The Golden Spinning Wheel.