New World Symphony – for a New World to Come Soon…

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Dvořák – Symphony n°9 – NYP- New York Philharmonic / Leonard Bernstein.

Fill yourself with its something the amazing and wonderful. This piece was written for the new world which was not too long after the birth of the United States of America.  We are about to burst into a new America. Get excited!

This symphony, Dvorak’s most popular in an international context, was written during the first year of the composer’s tenure in the United States. An ideal set of circumstances had presented themselves by this stage in his career: strong impressions of his new environment, financial independence, a sense of his role as an “ambassador” of Czech music, and his ambitions to ensure that he would not fall short of expectations. All this found Dvorak at the height of his creative energy and contributed to the genesis of a work of exceptional quality. The New World Symphony is the composer’s ninth, and also his last (nine is something of a magical number in the history of music: various world composers completed the same number of symphonies, such as Beethoven, Schubert, Bruckner and Mahler). The symphony was to prove the composer’s theory of the possibility of using characteristic elements of African American and Native American music as the foundation for an American national school of composition which, in fact, did not exist during Dvorak’s time in the United States. more info here

 

The Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World”, Op. 95, B. 178 (Czech: Symfonie č. 9 e moll “Z nového světa”), popularly known as the New World Symphony, was composed by Antonín Dvořák in 1893 while he was the director of the National Conservatory of Music of America from 1892 to 1895

From Wikipedia: Dvořák was influenced not only by music he had heard, but by what he had seen, in America. He wrote that he would not have composed his American pieces as he had, if he had not seen America.[17] It has been said that Dvořák was inspired by the American “wide open spaces” such as prairies he may have seen on his trip to Iowa in the summer of 1893.[18] Notices about several performances of the symphony include the phrase “wide open spaces” about what inspired the symphony and/or about the feelings it conveys to listeners.[c]

Dvořák was also influenced by the style and techniques used by earlier classical composers including Beethoven and Schubert.[19] The falling fourths and timpani strokes in the New World Symphonys Scherzo movement evoke the Scherzo of Beethoven’s Choral Symphony (Symphony No. 9). The use of flashbacks to prior movements in the New World Symphony’s last movement is reminiscent of Beethoven quoting prior movements in the opening Presto of the Choral Symphony’s final movement.[4]

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