Today (May 1) marks the passing of Czech composer Antonin Dvorak in 1904. Regarded as the greatest of all Czech composers, Dvorak’s compositions are marked by its late-Romantic sensibilities, by the incorporation of traditional Bohemian folk elements, and most of all, by his uncommon melodic inspiration. There is something moving and human about his music that touches the heart. To remember this great composer, here is arguably his most famous song, “Songs my mother taught me”, from his Gypsy Melodies, here sung by Russian soprano Anna Netrebko with the Prague Philharmonic conducted by Emmanuel Villaume. Musically, it is quite a simple song, without complicated modulations or key changes, but the beauty lies in its simplicity. It is the kind of songs that once heard, never forgotten.
Joseph K. So