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there on our roof 

opus number
Burghauser catalogue number
118 
composed
March/May (?) 1881 
premiere - date and place
premiere - perfromer(s)
text
Moravian folk-song
duration
approx. 30 s. 

     


The music division of the artists’ association Umelecka beseda put together a commemorative album on the occasion of the marriage of Crown Prince Rudolf in 1881, containing short pieces by leading Czech composers of the day. Dvorak contributed with a duet written to the folk text “There on Our Roof”. Although this is a miniature lasting approximately thirty seconds, it is effective for its original harmonies and atypical sound quality. For its stylistic affinity, this superb miniature is sometimes assigned to the Moravian Duets which predate it.