Fantasy Variations (On a Theme by Dvořák)

Near the end of Dvořák’s forty-minute Piano Quintet in A major, there emerges a beautiful and plainspoken melody, almost childlike in its simplicity. I was so moved by this simple four-bar tune when I first heard it at a concert that, upon arriving home, I immediately wrote it down in my sketchbook. When asked to compose a piece that would be performed on a concert featuring a work by Dvořák, I knew at once that I would compose a fantasy inspired by this melody, and hopefully prolong its beauty beyond the four measures it is allotted in the Quintet.


  • For violin, viola, and piano
  • Category: Chamber Ensemble
  • Year Composed: 2022
  • Duration: 7'
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  • 2 JUL 2022
  • Fantasy Variations (On a Theme by Dvořák) - Premiere
  • Hidden Valley
  • Carmel Valley, CA
  • Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, violin; David Samuel, viola; Drew Petersen, piano