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A breakdown of Antonin Dvořák's compositions by musical category - listen to his amazing orchestral music, songs, and chamber works.
■ A gifted orchestrator with a natural feel for the string section, Dvořák was responsible for some of the finest symphonies, tone poems and overtures of the Romantic era.
■ Of the 19th-century masters, only Brahms can compare with the quality and quantity of Dvořák’s chamber music, which includes no fewer than 14 string quartets.
Solo Piano 9%
■ Dvořák was not a natural keyboard player, so his piano writing can be a little awkward at times, although he composed some highly attractive miniatures along the way.
■ Still a comparatively neglected area of Dvořák’s output, which includes a Requiem, Te Deum, Stabat Mater, a Mass, the Oratorio St Ludmilla and The Spectre’s Bride.
■ Dvořák composed over 100 songs and duets, many of which possess a delightful folkish quality.
■ In addition to the famous Song To The Moon from Rusalka, there is buried operatic treasure waiting to be discovered in Dimitrij, Kate And The Devil and Armida.