The image of the despairing mother reflects unbridled grief for the dead son. The medieval poem »Stabat mater dolorosa« describes the pain-filled mother standing at the Cross when the inconceivable has come to pass. The creation of Dvořák’s »Stabat mater« was also accompanied by dire misfortune in the life of the Czech composer: Between 1875 and 1877, three of his children died. The composer’s »Stabat mater« provides some comfort by giving expression to this grief.
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