Brahms and Dvorak
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Johannes Brahms was one of the most most popular composers in history. He may be best known today for his famous Lullaby, but he also wrote a number of short tunes, his era's "pop music": his waltzes and his Hungarian dances. The Hungarian dances were based on traditional folk music; only a couple were fully original compositions. Initially most were written for piano, the rest were transcribed for orchestra by others including Antonin Dvorak.
Hungarian Dance #5
YouTube - Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 5
Hungarian Dance #6
YouTube - Brahms - Hungarian dance #6
The Hungarian dances by Brahms inspired Antonin Dvorak to write a similar set of pieces, his Slavonic dances. He also wrote them for piano but his publisher promptly requested that he write orchestral arrangements.
Slavonic Dance #7
YouTube - Slavonic Dance No.7 - Dvorak
Slavonic Dance #8
YouTube - Antonin Dvorák - Slavonic Dance No. 8
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