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o sanctissima

OPUS NUMBER 19A
BURGHAUSER CATALOGUE NUMBER 95B , 95Bbis
COMPOSED 6 September 1879
PREMIERE - DATE AND PLACE 8 September 1879, Sychrov
PREMIERE - PERFORMER(S) Anna Dvorakova, Alois Gobl, Antonin Dvorak
FIRST EDITION Emanuel Stary, 1883, Praha
TEXT liturgical Latin
DURATION
approx. 3 min.

    


This duet for alto and baritone with organ accompaniment is written to the text of a Latin sacred song. Dvorak wrote it on one of his visits to Sychrov castle to see his friend Alois Gobl, to whom the duet is also dedicated. It was performed in the local castle chapel by Gobl and the composer’s wife Anna on Dvorak’s 38th birthday, on 8 September 1879. The duet was first published in 1883 in Prague by Emanuel Stary. Dvorak subsequently wrote an arrangement for soprano and alto in 1890 (B95Bbis), discovered during the 1970s.