Dvořák: Biblical Songs, B. 185, Op. 99

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  • Composer: Antonín Dvořák
  • Instrumentation (this edition): Piano, High Voice
  • Originally for: Piano, Voice
  • Work Languages: English, German
  • ISMN: 979-026010749-6
  • Size: 9.1 x 11.8 inches
  • Pages: 38
  • Urtext / Critical Edition


The ten "Biblical Songs", Op. 99 are the culmination of Antonín Dvořák's song output. This unique cycle, based on Czech Psalm texts from the Kralice Bible, was composed in the United States in 1894. Although Dvořák had already set a number of biblical texts to music, his versions for solo voice with piano accompaniment are the first of their kind in his oeuvre. All the songs share a deep empathy with the meaning of the words and a meticulous declamation of the Czech language.

The principal source for this edition is the Simrock first print of 1895, which contains a separate music staff with altered notation for the German and English translations. This solution, sanctioned by the composer himself, reflects Dvořák's essential view of linguistic declamation.

In our previous edition there was only one music staff and the translation attempted to imitate the Czech declamation. in contrast, our new edition has language-specific alternatives directly in the notation, as in the Simrock print.