Slavonic Dance No 8, Op 46

From Wind Repertory Project
Antonín Dvořák

Antonín Dvořák (trans. Andrew Balent)

This work bears the designation Opus 46.

General Info

Year: 1878 / 2010
Duration: c. 4:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano Duet
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00; (digital) - $85.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Dvořák's Slavonic Dances, Opus 46, were written as piano duets in 1878 and later were orchestrated. They reflect the spirit, mood and rhythmic vitality and excitement of Slavonic folk music but were original works by Dvořák. There are two sets of eight dances each. This arrangement is of number eight in the first set.

- Program Note from publisher

Unlike Brahms, Dvorák wrote original melodies in a folk style. This dance is a “furiant,” a Bohemian dance that typically contrasts 2/4 with 3/4 meter. In the outer sections of the Slavonic Dance No. 8, emphasis of the offbeats in the brightly orchestrated chords of a fast tune disguise the piece's 3/4 time signature, the phrase quickly alternating between the minor and the major. The entire opening section is repeated, with a coda that further mutates the main phrase, modulating it up and down the scale, changing its rhythmic sound from the duple to the triple meter and back, then heading finally into a quote of the pastoral middle section before the opening phrase finishes the dance as brilliantly as it began it. It's obvious why the short, but exciting, dance is one of the most popular of Dvorák's 16 Slavonic dances.

- Program Note by Patsy Morita for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire-University Band concert program, 1 May 2019


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: III
  • Maryland: III
  • Texas: III. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire University Band (Randal C. Dickerson, conductor) - 28 November 2022
  • University of Wisconsin Madison Wednesday University Band (Herb Payung, conductor) - 24 October 2021
  • Ohio University (Athens) Symphonic Band (Richard Suk, conductor) – 24 September 2019
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire University Band (Randal C. Dickerson, conductor) – 1 May 2019
  • Sequim (Wash.) City Band (Tyler Benedict, conductor) – 5 November 2017
  • Gettysburg College (Penn.) Symphony Band (Christopher Heffner, conductor) – 10 April 2016
  • Shaker Heights (Ohio) High School Concert Ensemble (Jason Clemens, conductor) – 2011

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