The Bridegroom's Arrival (a liturgical drama), B437
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In 1897, when Dvořák frequently met up with Julius Zeyer at musical soirees in the home of Josef Hlávka and his wife, the composer was shown Zeyer’s new work – the liturgical drama The Bridegroom’s Arrival. In the spirit of Symbolism, Zeyer’s poetry examines the theme of the Last Judgement. At the time, Dvořák wrote a theme in his sketchbook in the key of F minor and also noted down the first verse of Zeyer’s work. He didn’t get any further with this composition, and the work – supposedly an oratorio – was ultimately never realised.