In 1865 Dvorák, firmly convinced of his love for one of the daughters of the Cermáková family, probably the older Josefina, wrote his first song cycle Cypresses.
Despite the popularity of Dvorák's arrangements for String Quartet, the original version of this work has remained in manuscript form until now.
This first ever Urtext edition is based on the original autograph as well as later versions. A printed collection of poems by Pfleger from 1862 were also drawn upon as sources.
The musical text is accompanied by a detailed introduction, in English, German and Czech, written by the Dvorák scholar David Beveridge. A critical commentary, in English only, is also included, as are translations of the song texts in English and German.