Besides the famous Concerto in B minor Op. 104, Dvorák’s oeuvre includes four smaller, chamber music compositions for cello and piano: the Polonaise in A major, the Rondo in G minor Op. 94, an arrangement of the well-known Slavonic Dance in G minor from Opus 46 and the mood piece ‘Woodland Idyll’ (Klid). The new Wiener Urtext edition presents these four works all together in a single volume. For the preparation of this edition the Dvorák expert Klaus Döge has studied original manuscripts alongside corrected proofs and first editions, supported by reference to the orchestral and piano scores. Documented comments by the composer himself have provided an additional source of authentic suggestions for performance.
The Sonatina op. 100, written during Dvorák's stay in the USA in 1893, is dedicated to his six children. On January 2, 1894, the composer wrote to his publisher Simrock: "Thank God, I am healthy and well, having just completed my 100th work, a sonatina for violin and piano. It is intended for the youth (dedicated to my children), but grown-ups, adults, shall enjoy themselves with it as they see fit." Inspired by the fascinating landscape of Northern America and by meetings with the native Indian inhabitants, a wealth of impressions has found its way into the movements of this sonatina. And that, accordingly, makes it a part of the teaching canon that is not only useful, but also very attractive.