Dvorak's New World Symphony
Stephen Johnson explores Dvorak's New World Symphony within the context of its own musical heritage.
The Ninth Symphony by Dvorak, was the first completed work after the composer had arrived in New York, taking up his post as Director of the National Conservatory of Music of America. The symphony has definite links to Negro spirituals and plantation songs, and Dvorak encouraged this connection with America, giving it the name "From the New World". Yet at this time, Dvorak greatly missed his homeland, and the music of Czechoslovakia is also very much present within the work. Stephen Johnson explores the Symphony no.9 by Dvorak, within the context of its own musical heritage.