Music Monday: “From the New World”

In our first “Required Listening” post since its rechristening and promotion to weekly status, we listen to Antonin Dvorak’s Ninth Symphony (or Fifth – depends on who you ask). Influenced grandly by African-American and Native American spirituals (quoting Dvorak, “I am convinced that the future music of this country must be founded on what are called Negro melodies. These can be the foundation of a serious and original school of composition, to be developed in the United States. These beautiful and varied themes are the product of the soil. They are the folk songs of America and your composers must turn to them.“), this piece (along with Aaron Copland, and George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” – but those are other posts for other Mondays) embodies the spirit of America, specifically further movement westward. To me, it’s a song embodying adventure and hard work, and is simply a joy to listen to – it’s my favorite classical piece.

So let’s embark on an American journey listening to the Dublin Philarmonic’s rendition of Dvorak’s “From the New World”…

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