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Summary

Gerard Schwarz takes you through the life of Anton Dvorak, a devoted Czech nationalist who, like other composers of the nineteenth century, brought national or ethnic pride into the concert hall by using their nation's folk music to evoke patriotic sentiments.

Dvorak's music took hold beyond his native country shortly after his marriage to one of his piano students, Anna Cermakova, whom he courted for years, when he was befriended and supported by Johannes Brahms. In 1892, Dvorak traveled to America at the invitation of Mrs. Jeanette Thurber of New York who offered a position at the National Conservatory of Music. There he created his Symphony No. 9, "From the New World".

Schwarz uses musical excerpts from Symphony No. 9, In Nature's Realm and Carnival to bring these hallmark works to life. Through these and his other works, Dvorak became the musical spokesman of his nation and one of the greatest classical composers of all time.

If you love the symphony, this hour of delightful entertainment and fascinating information will enrich your symphony experience like nothing else. See the entire Musically Speaking Collection here.
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  • Michael
  • 26-09-11

good style, but

i was looking for a more technical treatment, more of an analysis of structure and harmony; i found this guide was a bit heavy on the historical context.