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in nature's realm

OPUS NUMBER 63
BURGHAUSER CATALOGUE NUMBER 126
COMPOSED
24 January - 27 January 1882
PREMIERE - DATE AND PLACE
No. 4: 22 November 1882, Tabor
No. 3: 8 March 1884, Prague
No. 1: 23 March 1884, Prague
No. 2: 7 December 1884, Prague
No. 5: 13 December 1884, Prague
complete performance: 17 November 1889, Prague
PREMIERE - PERFORMER(S) No. 4: Society of Singers "Hlahol", conductor Josef Pfeiffer
No. 3: Society of Singers "Lukes", conductor Josef Zubaty
No. 1: Hlahol of Prague, conductor Karel Knittl
No. 2: Society of Singers "Lukes", dir. Josef Zubaty
No. 5: Society of Singers "Lukes", dir. Josef Zubaty
complete performance: conductor Augustin Vyskocil
FIRST EDITION August Cranz, 1882, Hamburg
TEXT Vitezslav Halek
PARTS / MOVEMENTS 1. Songs Descended on My Soul (Napadly pisne v dusi mou)
2. Bells Ring at Dusk (Vecerni les rozvazal zvonky)
3. The Rye Field (Zitne pole)
4. The Silver Birch (Vybehla briza belicka)
5. With Dance and Song (Dnes do skoku a do pisnicky)
DURATION
approx. 12 min.

    


The cycle for unaccompanied mixed choir In Nature’s Realm is a musical setting of selected poems from the collection of the same name by Vitezslav Halek. After the Hymn “The Heirs of the White Mountain” and the song cycle Evening Songs, this is the third time that the composer turned to the work of this poet. The choice of texts containing rural themes was evidently influenced by Dvorak’s love of nature, as is well documented in his correspondence and in his contemporaries’ memoirs. The setting is characteristic for its melodic charm, and its music is almost impressionistic. This applies particularly to the strong evocation of the atmosphere of the evening woods in the second part of the cycle, one of Dvorak’s most beautiful choruses. The work is largely homophonic; only in the final part of the cycle does he use imitative and canonic approaches. It was written in January 1882 and was published that same year by Cranz Publishing in Hamburg. The premieres of the individual parts were held in stages over a period of almost three years after the completion of the work. The first performance of the cycle as a whole probably took place in Prague on 17 November 1889.