The Mass in D is unique among Dvorak’s religious works in that it was not composed for concert performance.
This somewhat intimate piece was composed in 1887 for Josef Hlávka who had built himself a private chapel. He commissioned it for the consecration of this chapel.
The original version was accompanied by the organ. At this time Dvorak was much involved in English musical life, and in 1892 his English publisher, Novello, asked him to orchestrate it. On this occasion we shall be performing the Mass in its original form.