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From the New World?

Tom Service examines Dvorak's Symphony no 9, 'From the New World' and Dvorak's belief that the emerging new American music would be lead by black composers and musicians.

Tom Service examines Dvorak's Symphony No 9, "From the New World", one of the BBC's current "Ten Pieces III". Dvorak told the New York Herald in 1893 that "a serious and original school of composition should be established in the United States of America" which he hoped would have at its foundation black composers, like those he met, taught, and whose music he promoted at the National Conservatory of Music of America. Alongside Dvroak's Symphony "From the New World', Tom explores the lesser known Symphonies of three black composers: William Grant Still, Florence Price and William Dawson and how they realised Dvorak's dream for American music and used the symphony to create new languages and communities of listeners.

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Music Played

  • Antonín Dvořák

    Symphony No. 9 in E minor ‘From the New World”, 4th Movement

    Performer: New York Philharmonic. Performer: Leonard Bernstein.
    • SONY CLASSICAL.
  • Florence B. Price

    Symphony in E minor, 1st Movement

    Performer: New Black Repertory Ensemble. Performer: Leslie B. Dunner.
    • COLUMBIA.
  • William Dawson

    Negro Folk Symphony, 2nd Movement

    Performer: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Neeme Järvi.
    • CHANDOS.
  • William Grant Still

    Symphony No. 1 ‘Afro American’, 1st Movement

    Performer: Fort Smith Symphony. Performer: John Jetter.
    • NAXOS.
  • William Grant Still

    Symphony No. 1 ‘Afro American’,3rd Movement

    Performer: Fort Smith Symphony. Performer: John Jetter.
    • NAXOS.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Symphony No. 9 in E minor ‘From the New World”, 1st Movement.

    Performer: New York Philharmonic. Performer: Leonard Bernstein.
    • SONY CLASSICAL.
  • Trad.

    Swing Low

    Performer: Paul Robeson. Performer: Rutland Clapham.
    • WARNER CLASSICS.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Symphony No. 9 in E minor ‘From the New World”, 1st Movement.

    Performer: New York Philharmonic. Performer: Leonard Bernstein.
    • SONY CLASSICAL.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Symphony No. 9 in E minor ‘From the New World”, Largo

    Performer: New York Philharmonic. Performer: Leonard Bernstein.
    • SONY CLASSICAL.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Symphony No. 9 in E minor ‘From the New World”, Scherzo

    Performer: New York Philharmonic. Performer: Leonard Bernstein.
    • SONY CLASSICAL.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Goin’ Home (arr. Fisher)

    Performer: Paul Robeson. Performer: Alan Booth.
    • VANGAURD.
  • TRADITIONAL

    Go Down Moses

    Performer: Henry Thacker Burleigh.
    • MUSIC & ARTS.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    New World Symphony - Musical analysis by Leonard Bernstein

    Performer: Leonard Bernstein.
    • DG.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Goin’ Home (arr. Fisher)

    Performer: Paul Robeson. Performer: Alan Booth.
    • VANGAURD.
  • William Grant Still

    Symphony No. 1 ‘Afro American’, 1st Movement

    Performer: Fort Smith Symphony. Performer: John Jetter.
    • NAXOS.
  • Florence B. Price

    Symphony in E minor, 1st Movement

    Performer: New Black Repertory Ensemble. Performer: Leslie B. Dunner.
    • COLUMBIA.
  • William Dawson

    Negro Folk Symphony, 2nd Movement

    Performer: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Neeme Järvi.
    • CHANDOS.

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