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ave maris stella 

opus number
19B 
Burghauser catalogue number
95A 
composed
4 September 1879 
premiere - date and place
8 September 1879, Sychrov (?) 
premiere - performer(s)
Anna Dvorakova, Antonin Dvorak (?)
text
liturgical Latin
duration
approx. 3 min. 20 sec. 

    


This short song for a low-register voice and organ is set to a mediaeval Latin hymn text celebrating the Virgin Mary. Dvorak wrote the work on 4 September 1879 while staying with his friend Alois Gobl at Sychrov. The first performance probably took place on Dvorak’s 38th birthday, 8 September of that year, in the Sychrov castle chapel. The song was performed by the composer’s wife Anna, to whom it is dedicated, with the composer accompanying on the organ. The piece was published for the first time in 1883 by Prague publisher Emanuel Stary.