MAKE MUSIC PART OF YOUR LIFE SERIES: Antonín Dvořák – My Home Overture, Op. 62

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Antonín DvořákMy Home Overture, Op. 62

Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra, Theodore Kuchar

 

My Home (Czech: Domov můj, předehra ke hře F. F. Šamberka), Op. 62, B. 125a, is an overture in C major by Czech composer Antonín Dvořák.[1] The overture was composed from December 1881 to January 23, 1882 as one of nine numbers comprising the incidental music for the play Josef Kajetán Tyl by František Ferdinand Šamberk. Dvořák constructed the music in sonata form on two song themes associated with the play’s protagonist, Czech dramatist Josef Kajetán Tyl: “Kde domov můj?” by František Škroup, and the folk tune “Na tom našem dvoře”.[2] Škroup composed “Kde domov můj?” (Where is my home?) in 1834 to a text written by Tyl. The song quickly became popular and was later designated as the Czech national anthem. “Na tom našem dvoře” was a song sung in productions of Strakonický dudák (The Bagpiper of Strakonice), one of Tyl’s most popular plays.[3] The overture is largely performed separately as a concert work, usually lasting about ten minutes.[2] Many conductors have conducted this piece including Jan Kučera, Bohumil Gregor and Karel Ančerl.

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