Love Songs, Op. 83, B160

Opus number


Burghauser catalogue number


Date of composition

December 1888

Premiere - date and place


Premiere performer(s)


First edition

Simrock, 1889, Berlin

Author of the text

Gustav Pfleger-Moravsky

Parts / movements

1. Oh, that longed-for happiness does not bloom for our love (Ó naší lásce nekvete to vytoužené štěstí)
2. So many a heart is as though dead (V tak mnohém srdci mrtvo jest)
3. Around the house now I stagger (Kol domu se teď potácím)
4. I know that in sweet hope (Já vím, že v sladké naději)
5. Over the countryside reigns a light sleep (Nad krajem vévodí lehký spánek)
6. Here in the forest by a brook (Zde v lese u potoka)
7. In that sweet power of your eyes (V té sladké moci očí tvých)
8. Oh dear soul, the only one (Ó duše drahá jedinká)


approx. 15 min.

The cycle Love Songs is a reworking of songs nos. 8, 3, 9, 6, 17, 14, 2 and 4 from the cycle Cypresses dating from 1865. Dvořák preserved the mood and the basic harmonic and melodic ideas, and focused more on improving the declamation of the songs’ text, adjustments which led to certain major changes to the rhythmical structure. The piano accompaniment was moderated and revised to give more transparency. While the original version of Cypresses only came out in print in 2008, Love Songs was first published in 1889 by Simrock in its Czech original with German and English translations.