Largo (arr. Rager)

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Antonín Dvořák

Antonín Dvořák (arr. Dan Rager)

Subtitle: Based on Symphony No. 9 in E Minor (From the New World)

General Info

Year: 1893 / 1998
Duration: c. 5:25
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishers
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.


  • Full Score
  • C Piccolo
  • Flute I-II
  • Oboe I-II
  • Bassoon I-II
  • Contra-Bassoon
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
  • E-flat Alto Clarinet
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
  • Horn in F I-II-III-IV
  • Trombone I-II
  • Bass Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Timpani
  • Percussion, including:
*Suspended Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Bohemian composer Antonín Dvořák's Symphony no. 9 “From the New World” premiered in 1893, while the composer was living in New York City and serving as director of the National Conservatory of Music (a predecessor to The Juilliard School). During his three-year tenure in America, he was particularly inspired by the music of African American spirituals, as well as American Indian music and folklore. Although he never directly quoted these types of music, the late-Romantic composer attempted to capture the essence of each in his New World Symphony, as well as his “American” String Quartet and String Quartet no. 10 in E-flat Major, all composed in the United States.

- Program Note from U.S. Army Field Band concert program, 16 December 2015

The second movement [Largo] is introduced by a harmonic progression of chords in the wind instruments. Beckerman interprets these chords as a musical rendition of the narrative formula "Once upon a time". Then a solo cor anglais (English horn) plays the famous main theme in D-flat major accompanied by muted strings. Dvořák was said to have changed the theme from clarinet to cor anglais as it reminded him of the voice of Harry Burleigh. The movement's middle section contains a passage in C♯ minor evoking a nostalgic and desolate mood which eventually leads into a funeral march above pizzicato steps in the basses. It is followed by a quasi-scherzo that incorporates this movement's theme as well as the first movement's main and closing themes. The Largo is concluded with the soft return of the main theme and introductory chords.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

  • Virginia: III


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