Dover reprint of an early edition. Antonˇn Dvor k's Stabat Mater was inspired both by the centuries-old image of the Virgin Mary's vigil at the foot of the cross and by the composer's grief at the deaths of his children. Based upon the traditional Latin text compiled by the thirteenth-century Franciscan Jacopone de Todi, this work is among Dvor k's most moving achievements. Its instant success won the composer lasting worldwide fame, and its melodic beauty and affecting sincerity keep it an enduring favorite among musicians and music lovers. 201 pages. Full score only - parts not included.