Piano, violin, viola, cello (Piano, Violin, Viola, Violoncello)
Composed by Antonin Dvorak. Edited by Antonín Pokorný and Karel Šolc. Stapled. Replaces H 1756. Performance score, Set of parts. Opus 87. 84/12/12/12 pages. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA09537_00. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA09537).
ISBN 9790260105539. 31 x 24.3 cm inches. Key: E-flat major.
Towards the end of the 19th century the piano quartet was established as a separate sophisticated chamber music genre. It is therefore not surprising that the publisher Fritz Simrock asked Dvorák for a further contribution to the genre.
The second Piano Quartet in E-flat major op. 87 was composed in the summer of 1889 during a torrent of creativity: “My head is so full, if a human being could only write it all down straight away! […] It is unexpectedly easy and the melodies simply flow towards me. Thanks be to God!” These words could describe the quartet itself, a work with characteristic carefree tone and clear nationalistic colouring. The primary source for this publication was the first edition (1890).