Evening Masterwork: Dvorak’s “Dumky” Trio

Antonin Dvorak (1841 – 1904)

Piano Trio No. 4 in e-minor “Dumky” by Antonin Dvorak

Evening Masterwork for January 24, 2020 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9

Folk music, or at least folk-like style, is a focal point in much of the music Dvorak produced, and this is quite evident in his final piano trio, the Piano Trio No. 4 in e minor, or “Dumky.” It takes its name from the Slavic, or more specifically, Ukrainian, folk song with the same name, marked by abrupt changes from mournful to cheerful. We will hear the folk styling of the dumka. We’ll hear “Dumky,” Dvorak’s Piano Trio No. 4 tonight at 7: our Evening Masterwork on Classical WSMR.