The Wild Dove
The Wild Dove (also known as The Wood Dove; Czech: Holoubek), Op. 110, B. 198 (1896), is the fourth orchestral poem composed by the Czech composer, Antonín Dvořák. Composed in October and November 1896, with a revision in January 1897, the premiere was given on 20 March 1898 in Brno under the baton of Leoš Janáček. The story is taken from the poem of the same name from Kytice, a collection of ballads by Karel Jaromír Erben. The four musical scenes describe the story of a woman who poisoned her husband and married another man shortly afterwards. A dove then sits on the grave of her dead husband and sings a sad song day after day. The wife feels guilty and commits suicide at the end by jumping and drowning in a river.
- Antonín Dvořák website: Holoubek (Czech)
- "The Wild Dove (Holoubek), symphonic poem for orchestra, B. 198 (Op. 110)". allmusic. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
- Souček, Tomáš. "Holoubek (Kytice)". Český jazyk. Retrieved 8 April 2012.