Discovering Music - Dvorak's 7th Symphony
Stephen Johnson explores Dvorak's Seventh Symphony, a work that marks a milestone in the composer's symphonic language.
Stephen Johnson explores Dvorak's Seventh symphony, a work that marks a milestone in the composer's symphonic language. Commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society in 1884, Dvorak's intention was ambitious from the outset. He wanted to create a work that "must be capable of stirring the world." The creative intensity Dvorak displayed during the symphony's composition extended to its first performance. Completed on March 17th, 1885, a mere five weeks later Dvorak conducted the first performance in London.