The Wild Dove

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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[1] in Brno under the baton of Leoš Janáček.[2] 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.[3]


  1. ^ Antonín Dvořák website: Holoubek (in Czech)
  2. ^ "The Wild Dove (Holoubek), symphonic poem for orchestra, B. 198 (Op. 110)". allmusic. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
  3. ^ Souček, Tomáš. "Holoubek (Kytice)". Český jazyk. Retrieved 8 April 2012.

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