Inspired both by his stay in the United States and his Slavonic culture, the themes of Dvořák’s Sonatina already evoke the nostalgia and musical innovation of the “New World” Symphony.
Tchaikovsky had a short stay in Ukraine in 1878. Souvenir d’un lieu cher is a tribute to this country where his benefactor Mrs. Von Meck lived. “Meditation” – the first part, initially meant to be the second movement of the Violin Concerto – explores melancholic features, unlike the wild and obsessive Scherzo. In the final “Melody”, the cheerful dialogue between the violin and the piano takes over the previous dark feelings.