Antonín Dvořák’s piano works are generally overshadowed by his symphonies and chamber music works, especially since those from around 1880 are very much oriented around Schubert, Chopin and Schumann. The situation is different with Dvořák’s later romantic tone poems, the “Poetic Tone Pictures” op. 85. Anyone in search of romantic piano poetry off the beaten track may find much pleasure in this, Dvořák’s largest piano cycle from 1889, for example in the impressive piece “At the Old Castle” or in the lively “Peasant Ballad”. The autograph and the first edition from the year of the work’s composition have been used by editor and Dvořák specialist Milan Pospíšil as the basis of our Urtext edition.