Festival Song, Op. 113, B202

Opus number


Burghauser catalogue number


Date of composition

completed 17 April 1900

Premiere - date and place

private performance: 29 May 1900, Prague
public performance: 15 December 1904, Prague

Premiere performer(s)

private performance: students of Prague conservatory, conductor Antonín Dvořák
public performance: Prague Hlahol, conductor Adolf Piskáček

First edition

Editio Supraphon 1972, Prague

Author of the text

Jaroslav Vrchlický


1 piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, timpani, triangle, violins, violas, cellos, double basses + mixed choir


approx. 7 min.

At the beginning of the year 1900 the board of directors of the Prague Conservatoire asked Dvořák to write a festival cantata to mark the 70th birthday of Dr Josef Tragy, an eminent figure in Prague music circles at that time. The work was to be set to a text Jaroslav Vrchlický had been approached to write. Dvořák was considering a new opera at that time, however, he agreed to the commission and produced a short, three-part piece of dazzling, festive character for mixed choir and orchestra.