Evening Masterwork: Dvorak’s Violin Concerto

Antonin Dvorak (1841 – 1904)

Violin Concerto in a-minor by Antonin Dvorak

Evening Masterwork for May 20, 2020 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9

In 1879, Antonin Dvorak was asked by his publisher to compose a violin concerto, an opportunity the composer jumped at immediately. And who better to write a violin concerto for than the 19th Century’s greatest violinist, Joseph Joachim? It turns out, despite Joachim’s admiration for Dvorak’s music, and his constant suggestions for revisions, he did not premiere or even perform Dvorak’s only Violin Concerto. Something else interesting about this work: against the advice of his publisher, Dvorak structurally put the first two movements together without interruption. The composer insisted on keeping the idea, though, and the transition between movements results in one of the most beautiful moments in the entire concerto. It’s our Evening Masterwork tonight at 7 on Classical WSMR.