Antonín Dvořák composed the Biblical Songs , op. 99, in March of 1894 during his stay in New York City. Already mourning the deaths of several friends, Dvořák interrupted his work on the Piano Suite in A Major once he heard the news of his father's illness. Also suffering from acute nostalgia, he composed this cycle to reaffirm his faith in God after so difficult a time. Although a devout Catholic, Dvořák set the text from the Czech Protestant Bible of Kralice, altering the words to personalize them. The order and choice of words informed the decisions Dvořák made in setting the text to music.
Singing in a foreign language is a challenge every singer must overcome. Singing in Czech can be difficult because of its many consonant clusters. This paper will discuss the genesis of the Biblical Songs as well as the main concerns of Czech pronunciation and expression.
|Commitee:||Doyle, Alicia M., Hickman, Roger|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Biblical Songs, Czech International Phonetic Alphabet, Czech diction, Czech music, Dvorak, Antonin|
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