Dvořák's German publisher Simrock offered the work to his friend and collaborator Joseph Joachim (famous violinist and leader of a string quartet), and he together with other artists performed the work privately on 19 July 1879. The composer was present and was enchanted by the performance. The next day he wrote to his friend Alois Göbl: "...Joachim waited with eagerness for my arrival and even organized a soirée for my sake. During the celebration they played my new quartet and sextet. They played with great understanding and enthusiasm..." Joachim and colleagues gave the public premiere of the work in Berlin on 9 November 1879. A few months later they also performed it in London.

First published 1879 in Berlin, Germany
Type Sextet
Tonality A Major
Catalogue Op. 48
Approx. duration 30 minutes
Instruments Violin - 2
Viola - 2
Cello - 2
Autotranslations beta Antonín Dvořák: String Sextet en la majeur, Op. 48
Antonín Dvořák: String Sextet in la maggiore, Op. 48
Antonín Dvořák: String Sextet A-dur, Op. 48