Songs My Mother Taught Me, Op. 55, No. 4
Als die alte Mutter - Kdyz mne stara matka - B 104 - S 73
This song Als die alte Mutter [Songs My Mother Taught Me - Kdyz mne stara matka] was composed in 1880 by Antonin Dvorak.
It is the fourth of seven songs in Dvorak's Zigeunermelodien, Op. 55.
It is also the most popular song in the entire cycle.
It was originally composed for tenor voice and piano in the key of D Major.
This song Als die alte Mutter has a beautiful melody and strong emotional impact.
It features an unusual rhythmical structure : the melody line is written in 2/4 time, while the piano accompaniment is in 6/8 time.
This score is an arrangement for viola with piano accompaniment.
It is set in the key of E flat Major.
The viola part is appropriate for Grade 9 viola players.
It features many technical challenges such as high positions on the G, D and A strings, double stops and double-stops harmonics.
Duration : 03:03
Source : Antonin Dvorak, Zigeunermelodien, B 104, S 73, Op. 55 (Berlin, 1880).
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