So this week we conclude our trip through Dvorak’s trio of tone poems that he called “Nature, Life, and Love” with the Othello Overture. There was some definite Shakespearean inspiration for Dvorak here, but it’s not wise to try to find exact correspondences in the music to the drama. The overture is definitely more stormy and takes a darker tone than the previous two installments in this trio of overtures. For a work whose alternate title indicates that what is being explored is love, it certainly seems that Dvorak has a view of love that doesn’t exclude that emotion’s more introspective and combative elements.
Here is Dvorak’s Othello Overture.