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Antonín Dvořák

Antonín Dvořák (arr. V.F. Safranek)


Subtitle: From Antonín Dvořák's 5th Symphony From the New World

Published together with Slavonic Dance III


General Info

Year: 1893 / 1912
Duration:
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Instrumentation

Condensed Score
D-flat Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III-IV
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II
B-flat Flugelhorn I-II
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F
Tenor Horn I-II
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

After the summer of 1893 spent in Spillville, Iowa, Dvořák returned to New York and worked on the New World Symphony with Anton Seidl, the New York Philharmonic's German conductor. The piece was first performed on December 15, 1893. It was reviewed as one of the greatest symphonies performed since the death of Beethoven. Dvořák did not use actual melodies from the African American and Native American cultures, but adapted them to his own original constructions.

- Program Note from score


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


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Golden Gate Park Band (San Francisco, Calif.) (Michael Wirgler, conductor) – 11 June 2017


Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music


All Wind Works


Resources

  • Dvorak, A.; Safranek, V. (1912). Largo : (second movement) : "From the New World" Symphony and Slavonic Dance No. 3 : (No. 6 of the Piano Edition, 2nd Set) [score]. Carl Fischer: [New York].