Tune of the Day: Songs My Mother Taught Me
Czech Romantic composer Antonín Dvořák wrote this piece in 1880, as the fourth of seven songs that constitute his cycle Gypsy Songs (Czech: Cigánské melodie), B. 104, Op. 55. It is, without a doubt, the most popular song in the entire cycle, and one of Dvořák's most beloved songs.
The piece features an unusual rhythmical structure: the melody line is written in 2/4 time, while the piano accompaniment is in 6/8 time. Because of this, there is a constant 2-against-3 feel that yields a rich and flowing texture.