Wednesday Music: Antonín Dvořák’s Humoresques

You know, I don’t think I’ve featured Czech Composer Antonín Dvořák’s music on Wednesday Music before. I don’t listen to it very often. Honestly, I sort of have a vendetta against the man. I’ve played his music during my orchestra days and dang, it is hard. There’s no easier way to strike fear into my heart than to tell me that I have to play one of his string quartets. I’m shuddering right now from just imagining it!

Luckily for my readers, Dvořák’s music is quite beautiful to listen to. For today, I’ve chosen one of his slightly-less-difficult pieces: Humoresques, Op. 101 (B. 187). Here’s a bit about it.

  • Dvořák wrote these little pieces for piano in 1894, while on vacation in the summer back in Bohemia (modern-day Czech Republic). He was living in America at the time, hence the vacation back in his native country.
  • The Humoresques consist of eight separate pieces, all in different keys and all written for piano.
  • The video I’ve embedded is of the seventh piece only. This one has become the most popular of the Humoresques Dvořák wrote and has been arranged for instruments other than the piano. In fact, the video below is the piece arranged for violin, cello, and a small orchestra. It’s not really what the composer intended… but it still sounds nice.


Or click here to see on YouTube.