Ave Maria, Op. 19b, B68

Opus number

19b

Burghauser catalogue number

68

Date of composition

23 July - 24 July 1877

Premiere - date and place

26 July 1877, Sychrov

Premiere performer(s)

Anna Dvorakova, Antonin Dvorak

First edition

Emanuel Stary, 1883, Prague

Lyrics

Liturgical Latin

Duration

approx. 3 min.

The song “Ave Maria” is a setting of the traditional liturgical text and is written for a low-register voice with organ accompaniment. Dvorak wrote it while staying with his friend Alois Gobl at Sychrov castle in the summer of 1877. He dedicated the song to his wife Anna, who premiered it on her name day (26 July) in the castle chapel, accompanied by the composer at the organ. The song was first published in 1883 by Prague publisher Emanuel Stary.