Svatebni kosile, Op. 69 (Balada na text Karla Jaromira Erbena). Composed by Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904). Edited by Frantisek Bartos, Antonin Cubr. Arranged by Karel Aolc. For solo soprano voice/solo tenor/solo bass/mixed choir/orchestra (Solo Soprano/Solo Tenor/Solo Bass/Mixed Choir/Orchestra). This edition: Paperback, Urtext edition. Replaces H 2206. Piano reduction. Language: German/English. Opus 69. 227 pages. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA9544-90).
ISBN 9790260105720. With Language: German/English. 27 x 19 cm inches.
The preference of English audiences for large-scale vocal works led to Dvorak being commissioned, in November 1883, to write a cantata for solo voices, chorus and orchestra for the 1885 Birmingham Festival. As the basis for his composition Dvorak chose the ballad text Svatebni kosile (literally "The Bridal Gowns") from the collection Kytice z povesti narodnich ("A Garland of Folk Tales") by the Czech poet Karel Jaromir Erben.
Dvorak started work on the composition in early May and finished it on 27 November 1884. He stipulated that the premiere take place in Bohemia. On the whole, the critics took a highly positive view of The Spectre's Bride.