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A song, especially a Slavic folk song, that has alternating happy and sad passages.

[Slovak, Ukrainian folk song, from Ukrainian, diminutive of duma, thought, memory, narrative poem, of Germanic origin; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]


a piece of Slavonic music that typically has abrupt changes in mood from sadness to joya Slavonic lyrical song(as modifier)


(ˈdʊm kə)

n., pl. -ky (-kē).
a Slavic folk song that alternates in character between sadness and gaiety.
[1890–95; < Czech < Ukrainian dúmka, orig. diminutive of dúma a genre of narrative folk poetry]
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Y que decir del Dumky de Dvorak, que desde las primeras notas todo alrededor se purifica y consagra.
If I had to judge the two (SA) CDs in their entirety, I would definitely give preference to the account of Dvorak's Dumky (Oehms Classics) to that of Lalo's Cello Concerto (PentaTone), which, in my opinion, could have been delivered with a sharper articulation and instrumental verve.
The Dvorak trio has the nickname Dumky, which originally was a slow Ukrainian dance and the work alternates between a feeling of melancholy and exhilarating dance music.
Kryzhanivs'kyi, Istoriia tserkvy ta relihiinoi dumky v Ukraini, 3 vols.
Among the works being performed: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Schubert's Trout Quintet, both a piano trio and a string quartet by Shostakovich, Schoenberg's Verklarte Nacht and the Dumky piano trio by Dvorak.
With its seven movements, the Dumky Trio is unique among the genre.
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