Songs My Mother Taught Me
by Anton Dvorak 1841 -1904
Dvořák’s “Songs My Mother Taught Me” is from his 1880 song cycle Gypsy Songs. A folk style, lilting, and nostalgic selection with soulful lyrics speaking to a mother’s tears and memories.
Dvorak’s compositional style is Romantic period and is characterised by his interest in folk music and later compositions reflect myths and fairy tales. He has written symphonies, tone poems, opera, chamber music and songs.
This song from the Gypsy song cycle has been adapted by Fritz Kreisler for violin and piano and it is this version in this recording.