In autumn 1895, after returning from New York once and for all, Dvořák took up his former position as teacher at the Prague Conservatory. This clearly had an inspiring impact on him because in the space of just four weeks he composed a new string quartet in G major. Together with the Quartet in A-flat major op. 105, it forms a glorious close to his chamber music oeuvre. Echoes of Bohemian folk music are here mixed with cantabile themes, while his motivic working shows him to be a master at the height of his powers. Even today, it seems almost as if we can feel the composer’s satisfaction with this work: “I am working so easily and it is going so smoothly that I could not wish it better”.
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- String Quartet G major op. 106
Antonín Dvorák (1841 – 1904) had been active since autumn 1892 as Music Di rector of the National Conservatory of Music in New York. In 1895, as in the preceding year, he spent his summer holidays in Bohemia. In August he de cided not to return to America. Besides the Conservatory’s strained financial situation, his homesickness and the sep aration from his … more