Jan Heine gathering September 2022

Group of people playing together for three or four days. Everyday another ensemble, another piece. No coaching involved. Just for fun.

Date: September 9-11, 2022 in Akoesticum, Ede, Netherlands.


Friday September 9, I will be playing the
String Quintet no.3 in E-flat major, op.97 “the American” (1893) by Antonin Dvorak 


  1. Allegro non tanto
  2. Allegro vivo
  3. Larghetto
  4. Finale. Allegro giusto


The quintet was written shortly after Dvorak finished the famous “American” string quartet in F major, opus 96. Both were written during a stay at Spillville, Iowa, home to a Czech immigrant community. He was in the US because Jeanette Thurber had persuaded Dvorak to become the head of the National Conservatory of Music of America and to found a school of composition for American music the way he had designed Czech music in his home country. He got acquainted with the so called Afro-American and Indian music in quite a special manner. Nevertheless a style emerged which borrows much from pentatonic spirituals and Indian music.

For a very interesting talk about Dvorak, the influence of Afro-American and Indian music and the quintet in E-flat major click here.

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