The piano score with SATB parts of the world famous “Stabat mater”, based on Dvorak’s original piano version, was edited for publication by F.J.W. Crowe and H.E. Button. Novello edition.
As far as possible, this Urtext edition makes use of Dvorak’s distinctive piano stylisation which has survived in his own first sketch of the work from 1876. This sketch, as it turned out, once this source had become accessible, is in fact a complete, seven-movement piano version with all solo and choral parts. The degree to which the musical content of this source has been developed, and its relative completeness, suggest that the composer had originally been forced to resign himself to a performance of the work only with soloists, choir and piano.
In the years of 1876-1877, however, Dvorak’s career evidently took a turn for the better as he found himself increasingly in greater demand. He expanded the cantata by a further three movements and later orchestrated the entire work.
This edition serves on the one hand as a legitimate piano reduction of the existing edition of the final orchestral version. On the other hand, together with the revision commentary and facsimiled appendices, it also provides an overall picture of the original piano version for the first time, in particular, of the seven movements from 1876.