Dvorák, Antonín


Dvorák, Antonín

Psalm 149 Op. 79. (2 versions) (Vocal Score)

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Dvorák, Antonín

Psalm 149 Op. 79 (Vocal Score)

Antonín Dvorák composed Psalm 149 in its original version for men’s chorus and orchestra between 13 January and 15 February 1879 on commission from the Prague Hlahol Choral Society. In doing so, he interrupted work on his String Quartet in E-flat, op. 51; Psalm 149 should thus have been the composer’s Opus 52. The work was premiered as intended on 10 March 1879 in a concert on the Sofia Island in Prague under the direction of Karel Knittl. Dvorák had offered the work in February of that year to his publisher, N. Simrock, but Simrock did not take him up on it. Later, upon looking through older works of his which had not been published, Dvorák again took interest in Psalm 149, and reworked it for mixed chorus, making some changes in the instrumentation and a short cut in the process. In this second version for mixed chorus and orchestra Psalm 149 was published in 1888 by N. Simrock in Berlin. The premiere of this version probably occurred on 16 November 1890 in Olmütz (Olomouc) on the occasion of a jubilee concert of the choral society of Zerotín; the composer conducted. The first version remained unpublished until both versions appeared in score in Series II, Volume 6 of the Dvorák Complete Edition of Editio Supraphon (published by Artia in Prague), edited by Jarmil Burghauser. The present study score is an unaltered reprint from the Complete Edition.
Translation: Stephen Luttmann, 2004.

For performance materials please contact the publisher, Editio Bärenreiter Praha, Prague (www.sheetmusic.cz).

Reprint of a copy from the music library archives of the Münchner Stadtbibliothek.

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Choir/Voice & Orchestra


225 x 320 mm


Piano Reduction & Voice



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