Saint Ludmila, Op.71 (Dvořák, Antonín)

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Arranger Karel Weis (1862-1944), piano reduction
Language English
Translator John Troutbeck (1832-1899), English text
Publisher. Info. London: Novello, Ewer & Co., n.d.
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Arranger George Clement Martin (1844-1916)
Publisher. Info. London: Novello, Ewer & Co., n.d. Plate 7526.
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Work Title Saint Ludmila
Alternative. Title Svatá Ludmila
Composer Dvořák, Antonín
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.71 ; B.144 (oratorio), B.205 (opera)
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IAD 75
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 45 numbers in 3 parts
  • Part I.
  1. Tmy vrátily se v skrýše skal a lesů / The dusk departs to gloomy caves and forests
    (Introduzione, Coro / Introduction, Chorus)
  2. Vesno smavá, Vesno snivá / Merry Springtime, dreamy Springtime
    (Recitativo - tenore / Recitative - tenor)
  3. Květy, jimiž Vesna vábí / Blossoms, with which Spring allures us
    (Coro / Chorus)
  4. Svaté jitro jest a svatá noc je tmavá / Holy dawn and holy night
    (Coro / Chorus)
  5. Tříhlav, který patří trojí tváří / Triglav, thou with three-fold countenance
    (Coro / Chorus)
  6. Mé srdce chví se tlukem bouřným dnes / My heart is beating wildly
    (Recitativo - soprano / Recitative - soprano)
  7. Slyš naše písně horoucí a vroucí / Hear when we call
    (Coro / Chorus)
  8. Od dětství ku oltáři mne vodil svatý cit / When young it was the altar I ever held most dear
    (Aria - soprano / Air - soprano)
  9. Vždyť bozi s námi jsou, kam bludný krok se šine / The gods are close at hand, where'er we stray and falter
    (Coro / Chorus)
  10. Sem rychle Vesny květ, ať sochu ověnčíme / Festoon with flowers gay the statue of great Vesna
    (Solo - tenore / Solo - tenor)
  11. Ký v pozadí to hluk? / What causes all that noise?
    (Coro / Chorus)
  12. Do prachu s vámi! Jeden jest Bůh! / Now kiss the dust all! One God there is!
    (Aria - basso; Coro / Air - bass; Chorus)
  13. Kdo onen muž, jejž nestih's nebe blesk? / What man is this whom lightening will not fell?
    (Coro / Chorus)
  14. Ó dovol abych zlíbat směla tvých nohou prach / I beg thee, only thy dusty feet my lips I would lay
    (Aria - soprano / Air - soprano)
  15. Vstup v nitro své, mým domem není země / Upon this earth thy search would be a vain quest
    (Recitativo - basso / Recitative - bass)
  16. Co bude nyní / What will befall us?
    (Coro / Chorus)
  17. Vše láme se a bortí v chaos tmavý / Now everything is crumbling, all is chaos
    (Coro / Chorus)
  • Part II.
  1. Ó, v jaké šeré lesní stíny / Oh, in the fearful forest shadows
    (Introduzione, Recitativo ed aria - alto / Introduction, Recitative and air - alto)
  2. Teď ptám se tě: co najít chceš? / Pray tell me now, what do you seek?
    (Duetto - soprano ed alto / Duet - soprano and alto)
  3. Já neklamal se, buď vítána, dcero! / No error made, I welcome you, daughter!
    (Aria - basso / Air - bass)
  4. Dík, otče, já se nezklamala / Thanks, father, I am firmly resolved
    (Recitativo - soprano / Recitative - soprano)
  5. Nuž tedy věz a pojmi v srdce svoje / Now also know, and keep it in remembrance
    (Aria - basso / Air - bass)
  6. Ó dopřej, ať se v pokoře dál cvičím / O cease not, let me meekly hear thy teaching
    (Recitativo - soprano / Recitative - soprano)
  7. Tam Kristův kříž! / Behold Christ's Cross!
    (Terzetto - soprano, alto e basso / Trio - soprano, alto and bass)
  8. Vesele hvozdem, vesele polem / Gaily we pass through field and through forest
    (Coro; Terzetto - soprano, alto e basso / Chorus; Trio - soprano, alto and bass)
  9. Ó jaký obraz oku mému se v stínu lesním otvírá! / Oh, what a sight there in the shadows!
    (Solo - tenore; Coro / Solo - tenor; Chorus)
  10. Já bludné duše světlu vracím / I led the lost souls out of darkness
    (Recitativo - basso / Recitative - bass)
  11. Ó neklamu se, chápu juž / I think, the truth I now infer
    (Coro / Chorus)
  12. Ach ona, po níž srdce moje prahne / Ah, it is she for whom my heart is yearning
    (Recitativo - tenore; basso / Recitative - tenor; bass)
  13. Ó, cestu ukaž mi, jak jí mám dobýt / Oh, show to me the way that I must win her
    (Aria - tenore / Air - tenor)
  14. Ó vizte, kníže náš vrhá se na kolena / Behold ye now our prince is kneeling
    (Coro / Chorus)
  15. Ó, kterak mohu zvednout k tobě zraků / How is it possible to raise my eyelids
    (Recitativo - soprano / Recitative - soprano)
  16. Ó běda, nechce slyšet jeho lkání! / Oh, heavens! She'll not listen to his pleading!
    (Coro / Chorus)
  17. Jak z krásného snu náhle procitlý / I rudely awake from a perfect dream
    (Recitativo - tenore, basso / Recitative - tenor, bass)
  18. Já hledala jsem září toho jitra / For this new shining dawn I am now searching
    (Quartetto, Coro / Quartet, Chorus)
  • Part III.
  1. Hospodine, pomiluj ny! / Mighty Lord, have mercy on us!
    (Introduzione, Coro / Introduction, Chorus)
  2. Nuž přistupte, mnou víře vyučení / Come forward all to whom I've taught the new creed!
    (Recitativo - tenore, basso / Recitative - tenor, bass)
  3. Ó, nech juž skanout nad našimi čely / Anoint our foreheads with the holy water
    (Duetto - soprano e tenore / Duet - soprano and tenor)
  4. U cíle stojím snahy své a tužby / Here on the threshold of my aspirations
    (Recitativo - soprano, basso / Recitative - soprano, bass)
  5. Nuž poklekněte před biskupem oba / Now kneel ye both before the bishop
    (Coro / Chorus)
  6. Duchu svatý, sestup v nachu / Holy Ghost in royal purple
    (Solo - basso, Coro / Solo - bass, Chorus)
  7. Ó zněte písně, zněte k nebes báni / Now let the heavens echo with our anthem
    (Coro / Chorus)
  8. Panno, matko stvořitele / Powers that dwell in heavenly places
    (Solo - alto, Coro / Solo - alto, Chorus)
  9. Ó zněte písně, zněte k nebes báni / Now let the heavens echo with our anthem
    (Coro e duetto - alto e basso / Chorus and duet - alto and bass)
  10. Hospodine, pomiluj ny! / Mighty Lord, have mercy on us!
    (Quartetto e coro / Quartet and chorus)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1885 (September 17)-1886 (May 30) (oratorio)
1895 and 1901 (August 17) (opera)
First Performance. 1886 (October 15) in Leeds (oratorio)
Emma Albani (Ludmila)
Janet Monach Patey (Svatava)
Edward Lloyd (Bořivoj)
Charles Santley (Ivan)
Leeds Festival Chorus (chorus)
Antonín Dvořák (conductor)

1901 (October 30) in Prague (opera)
Růžena Maturová (Ludmila)
Marie Klánová (Svatava)
Richard Figar (Bořivoj)
Václav Kliment (Ivan)
National Theater Opera Choir (chorus)
National Theater Orchestra (orchestra)
Karel Kovařovic (conductor)

First Publication. 1887 - London: Novello (oratorio, Hofmeister's Monatsbericht (1887), p.102)
Librettist Jaroslav Vrchlický (1853–1912) (oratorio)
Václav Juda Novotný (1849–1922) (opera)
Language Czech
Dedication Erotín Choral and Music Society in Olomouc
Average DurationAvg. Duration 150 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation 5 soloists (SATTB), chorus (SATB), 2 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons,
contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, triangle, harp, organ, strings
Discography All Music Guide (oratorio)
External Links Wikipedia article
antonin-dvorak.cz (oratorio)
Extra Information Version History:
  • Composed for soloists, mixed chorus and orchestra, 1885–1886 (= B.144)
  • Arranged as opera by Dvořák and V. J. Novotný, 1895 and 1901 (= B.205) (Op.71b)

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A Naxos recording was issued in mid-2019. (This is substantially briefer than the Orfeo recording and is in 2 parts, not 3, suggesting that one of them is of the opera and one is of the oratorio although both are described as being of the oratorio? Very odd...! Or the Naxos is simply incomplete...)