Song to the Moon, from "Rusalka"

By: Antonin Dvorak
For: Large mixed ensemble
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Antonin Dvorak
Year of composition
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
4 minutes
Classical music
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After Anton�n Dvor�k had conquered the musical world � he was considered the greatest Czech composer in Bohemia, the greatest composer after Brahms in Austria and Germany, the successor of Mendelssohn in England, and the greatest composer in the world in the United States � he returned to Bohemia to write the national operas of his people. He started with Kate and The Devil (1899) and ended with Armida (1904), but between them composed the great Czech national opera, Rusalka. Written in a single burst of inspiration between April 21 and November 27, 1901, to a text by Jaroslav Kvapil based on Hans Christian Andersen, Rusalka is a Bohemian "Little Mermaid." Telling the sad story of a water sprite who longs for human love, Rusalka is a three-act opera set in its first and last acts in the lakes of Bohemia, with a central act depicting an interrupted wedding feast. Although it hews basically to the composer's distinctive mix of nationalism, lyricism, and Brahmsian classical thinking, the influence of Wagner is readily apparent in the use of leitmotif musical character identifiers, and more generally in the derivation of the story from ancient and fantastic legend. Its melodies are based on the cadences of the Czech language; its harmonies are lushly late Romantic, sometimes almost Impressionistic but always sweetly and sensuously Czech; its cavatinas, arias, and set pieces are derived from the folk ballads of Czech poetry; and its lyricism is deep, passionate, and all-suffusing. Dvor�k's Rusalka rivals the operas of Smetana and Jan�cek as the supreme expression of what it means to be Czech in music.

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Little Jesus, Sweetly Sleep, The Barber of Seville - Overture, Rosamunde - Ballet Music No.2, Song Without Words No.30 - Spring Song Op.62 No.6, Symphony No.29 - 3. Menuetto, Serenade No.10 "Gran Partita" - 3. Adagio, Of The Father's Love Begotten, La Damnation de Faust - Rakoczy March, The First Noel, Swan Lake - Dance of the Cygnets, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, The Cannon Ball Rag, Symphony No.25 - 2. Andante, Brandenburg Concerto No.5 - 1. Allegro, Water Music Suite No.2 in D, Lullay My Liking, O Christmas Tree, The Coventry Carol, A Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61 - Scherzo, Brandenburg Concerto No.5 - 3. Allegro, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 4. Bourree I and II, Birthday Minuet, Bethena - A Concert Waltz, Slavonic Dance, Op.72 No.2, Orchestral Suite No.3 - 4. Bourree, Symphonie Fantastique - 2. Un Bal, Children's Corner, No.6 The Golliwog's Cake-Walk, Away In A Manger, Brandenburg Concerto No.2 - 1. Allegro, The Blue Danube Waltzes, Kinderszenen, Op.15 No.11 Furchtenmachen (Frightening), Key-Stone Rag, Children's Corner, No.6 The Golliwog's Cake-Walk, Song Without Words No.27 "Funeral March" Op.62 No.3, The Amazon Rag, Habanera from "Carmen", Kinderszenen, Op.15 No.7 Traumerei (Dreaming), Rosamunde - Ballet Music No.2, Brandenburg Concerto No.5 - 2. Affettuoso, Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op.42 - No.3 Melodie, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, The Merry Wives of Windsor - Overture, Anvil Chorus, from "Il Trovatore", Symphony No.25 - 3. Menuetto, Gradual, Lullaby, A Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61 "The Wedding March", The Holly And The Ivy, The High School Cadets, Semper Fidelis, Who Let The Cows Out?, Symphony No.29 - 1. Allegro moderato, Angels We Have Heard On High, Symphony No.25 - 4. Allegro, Roses From The South, Symphony No.29 - 2. Andante, King Cotton, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 7. Badinerie, Espana - 2. Tango, O Holy Night, The Blue Danube Waltzes, A Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61 - Nocturne, Le Coucou, Gymnopedie No.1, O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fidelis), Serenade No.10 , In Dulci Jubilo, Sonata "Pathetique" Op.13 - 2. Adagio cantabile, Si. Mi chiamano Mimi, from "La boheme", Pictures at an Exhibition - Promenade, Largo al factotum, from "The Barber of Seville", A Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61 "The Wedding March", Symphony No.25 - 1. Allegro con brio, String Serenade - 2. Waltz, Brandenburg Concerto No.3 - 1. Allegro, Deck The Halls, Thais - Meditation, O Little Town Of Bethlehem (1), Christians, Awake!, We Three Kings, The Magic Flute - March, Brandenburg Concerto No.3 - 2. Adagio - Allegro, Tales From The Vienna Woods, Suite Bergamasque - No.3 Clair de Lune, Ode To Joy, Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix, from "Samson et Dalila", Lohengrin - The Bridal Chorus, Humoresque, Op.101 No.7, Wine, Women and Song, Solomon - Act III, Sinfonia "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba", L'Autunno ("Autumn") - 3. Allegro, Song Without Words No.45 - Scherzo Op.102 No.3, Maple Leaf Rag, L'Estate ("Summer") - 2. Adagio, Presto, La Cinquantaine, Piano Sonata No.14 "Moonlight" - 2. Allegretto, Trio No.3, The Washington Post March, The Liberty Bell March, Orchestral Suite No.3 - 3. Gavotte I and II, God Save The Queen, Brandenburg Concerto No.2 - 3. Allegro assai, Sextet: Chi mi frena, from "Lucia di Lammermoor", Concerto for Two Violins "L'estro armonico" Op.3 No.8 - Movement 3, Concerto for Two Violins "L'estro armonico" Op.3 No.8 - Movement 1, St. Paul's Suite - 4. Finale (The Dargason), Symphony No.40 - 1. Allegro molto, 16 Songs for Children, Op.54 No.6 Legend ("When Jesus Christ Was Yet A Child"), String Sonata No.1 - 2. Andante, Water Music Suite No.1 in F, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 2. Rondeau, Symphony No.29 - 4. Allegro con spirito, Holberg Suite - 4. Air, Canon in D, Minute Waltz, Op.64 No.1, O soave fanciulla, from "La boheme", L'Estate ("Summer") - 3. Presto, Trombone Johnsen, Orchestral Suite No.3 - 1. Overture, Who Let The Cows Out? - For Sax Quartet (AATB), Brandenburg Concerto No.6 - 3. Allegro, Piano Sonata in A "Alla Turca" - 3. Rondo, Marche Militaire, Op.51 No.1, Auld Lang Syne, La Marseillaise, The Sleeping Beauty - Waltz, Pavane, Op.50, Marche Militaire, Op.51 No.1, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, The Nutcracker - Overture, In The Bleak Mid-Winter, Policy King, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, The Entertainer, The Carnival of the Animals - The Swan, Kinderszenen, Op.15 No.13 Der Dichter Spricht (The Poet Speaks), Holberg Suite - 5. Rigaudon, Concerto in D minor for 2 Violins - 3. Allegro, Symphony No.40 - 4. Allegro assai, L'Inverno ("Winter") - 3. Allegro, Ave Maria, Op.52 No.6, The Marriage of Figaro - Overture, L'Inverno ("Winter") - 1. Allegro non molto, L'Autunno ("Autumn") - 1. Allegro, Jerusalem (And Did Those Feet In Ancient Time), Serenade No.10 "Gran Partita" - 6. Theme and variations, The Ragtime Dance, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 3. Sarabande, Brook Green Suite - 2. Air, Berceuse, Op.16, Un bel di vedremo, from "Madama Butterfly", The Flight of the Bumble Bee, Hands Across The Sea, Emperor Waltz, Au fond du temple saint, from "The Pearl Fishers", Once in Royal David's City, L'Inverno ("Winter") - 2. Largo, Trio No.2, Capriol Suite, Artist's Life Waltz, Babes in Toyland - March of the Toys, Vissa d'arte, from "Tosca", Holberg Suite - 1. Prelude, String Sonata No.1 - 3. Allegro, Unto Us A Child Is Born, La Primavera ("Spring") - 1. Allegro, Concerto in D minor for 2 Violins - 1. Vivace, Trio No.4, String Sonata No.1 - 1. Moderato, Silent Night, Serenade No.10 "Gran Partita" - 2. Menuetto; Trio 1; Trio 2, Holberg Suite - 3. Gavotte and Musette, Praise, My Soul, The King Of Heaven, William Tell - Overture, St. Paul's Suite - 1. Jig, Thaxted (I vow to thee, my country), I Saw Three Ships, La Primavera ("Spring") - 3. Allegro: Danza pastorale, Symphony No.40 - 1. Allegro molto, St. Paul's Suite - 3. Intermezzo, Concerto in D minor for 2 Violins - 2. Largo ma non tanto, Brandenburg Concerto No.6 - 2. Adagio ma non tanto, Slavonic Dance, Op.46 No.7, La Primavera ("Spring") - 2. Largo, St. Paul's Suite - 2. Ostinato, O come, O come, Emmanuel, L'Autunno ("Autumn") - 2. Adagio molto, Brook Green Suite - 1. Prelude, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 1. Overture, Che gelida manina, from "La boheme", Orchestral Suite No.2 - 5. Polonaise and Double, Concerto for Two Violins "L'estro armonico" Op.3 No.8 - Movement 2, Solomon - Act III, Sinfonia "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba", Symphony No.40 - 2. Andante, Senza Mamma, from "Suor Angelica", Ah! per sempre io ti perdei, from "I Puritani", O mio babbino caro, from "Gianni Schicchi", Water Music Suite No.3 in G, Carmen - Act 1: Prelude, Symphony No.40 - 3. Menuetto and Slavonic Dance, Op.46 No.8

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