Dvorák's "Slavonic Rhapsodies", Op. 45 were composed in 1878 and issued by the publisher Simrock, Berlin the following year. These three independent orchestral works (in D Major, G Minor and A-flat Major) were published with the same opus number and mark the beginning of his so-called Slavonic period.
The "Slavonic Rhapsody", Op. 45/1 in D Major now appears in an Urtext edition. The editor has made use of the first edition, authorised by the composer, as the principal source of his new scholarly-critical edition.
The wind set includes: Piccolo flute, Flute (2), Oboe (2), Clarinet (in B-flat) (2), Bassoon (2), Horn (4), Trumpet (3), Trombone (3), Timpani, Triangle, Cymbals, Concert drum