The Sound of Suffering: Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, a Masterful Exploration of Personal Tragedy

Sunrise over Prague, by Jaromir Kavan

… the world is a world of tears and the burdens of mortality touch the heart.
Virgil, The Aenied, Book 1 (Robert Fagles translation)

On August 21, 1875, in the (then) Austro-Hungarian city of Prague, 35 year old composer Antonin Dvorak (1) looked down into the crib of his two-day old daughter Josefa Dvorakova…