Antonín Dvořák – Symphony no. 9: From the New World
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Dvořák's final, ninth symphony ranks amongst the most distinguished jewels of musical history. For over a century it has been heard on concert podiums throughout the world, performed by the most accomplished orchestras, and in terms of the number of recordings occupies one of the leading positions worldwide. The symphony was symbolically played also on the occasion of the first man on the moon. It was first performed in Carnegie Hall in New York, where Dvořák worked as the director of the National Conservatory from 1892-1895. This is the first work which he composed in America, and which reflects the discovery of a new world (as well as pining for his homeland). It was indisputably inspired by black American folklore (although in the trio of scherzos rural Czech music and the cooing of doves can also be heard). The symphony can be considered to be a thematic work: an accommodation with the enticing voice of America.