From Symphony No. 8, Op. 88
Composed by Antonin Dvorak
For Woodwind Quintet
Arranged by Troy Messner
Published by Cimarron Music Press
The symphony was composed and orchestrated by Dvorak within the two-and-a-half month period from August to November, 1889, in Bohemia. The score was dedicated “To the Bohemian Academy of Emperor Franz Joseph for the Encouragement of Arts and Literature, in thanks for my election.” Though not performed as often as the more famous New World Symphony, it is performed fairly frequently. The music is cheery and draws its inspiration more from the Bohemian folk music that Dvorak loved. This is the third movement from the symphony, and is mostly a melancholy waltz in 3/8 time, ending quietly but contentedly.