For several years following composition of his first piano quartet, Dvořák’s publisher Simrock pushed him to compose a follow-up piece in the genre. The work, written during a few short weeks in summer 1889, fulfilled Simrock’s wishes. With his op. 87, Dvořák delivered a challenging and mature work in which a mastery of form is combined with memorable themes and surprising harmonic turns, leading it quickly to conquer the hearts of both performers and audiences.
Apart from the first edition, the autograph and the engraver’s copy were at our disposal as sources for this critical edition with which Henle continues the series of Urtext editions of Dvořák’s works.