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festival song

COMPOSED completed 17 April 1900
PREMIERE - DATE AND PLACE private performance: 29 May 1900, Prague
public performance: 15 December 1905
PREMIERE - PERFORMER(S) private performance: students of Prague conservatory, conductor Antonin Dvorak
public performance: Prague Hlahol, conductor Adolf Piskacek
FIRST EDITION Editio Supraphon 1972, Prague
TEXT Jaroslav Vrchlicky
INSTRUMENTATION 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
DURATION approx. 7 min.


At the beginning of the year 1900 the board of directors of the Prague Conservatoire asked Dvorak 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 Vrchlicky had been approached to write. Dvorak 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.