Antonín Dvořák composed songs almost throughout his life, but they are overshadowed by his large-scale symphonic works and chamber music. Together, we will be asking why Dvořák’s songs still make such a strong, direct effect.
Perhaps unjustly, Antonín Dvořák’s songs are overshadowed by his large-scale works and chamber music. He composed songs nearly all his life and they form a remarkably large collection within his life work. In them he likewise applied his extraordinary ability to capture the subtle tremors of the human soul – passion, pain, emptiness, despair, dreaming, bliss, love... To this day, Dvořák's songs are admired for their beautiful melodic lines and their depth of emotional power. Just like in the Four Songs on Poems by Gustav Pfleger Moravský which include revised songs from his very first song cycle Cypresses. Some years later, Dvořák wrote: "Think a boy in love – that is their content." We will also explore the cycles In Folk Tune and Love Songs and will not forget the more popular Gypsy Songs either. Together, we will try to answer why Dvořák’s songs still have such a strong, direct effect.