Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, in E minor, “From The New World”: Karajan · Vienna Philarmonic

Great presentation of the Great Wiener Philharmoniker conducted by Herbert von Karajan, playing the 9th Symphony of Antonin Dvorak “From the new world”. 

(0:37) 1st mvt (Adagio, Allegro Molto)
(10:42) 2nd mvt (Largo)
(23:30) 3rd mvt (Scherzo, Molto Vivace)
(32:07) 4rth mvt (Allegro con fuoco)

Gran presentación de la Filarmónica de Viena conducida por Herbert von Karajan, interpretando la novena sinfonía de Antonin Dvorak “Sinfonía del Nuevo Mundo”.    Telemonde 1992

From Wikipedia:

The Symphony No. 9 in E minor, From the New World, Op. 95, B. 178 (Czech: Symfonie č. 9 e moll „Z nového světa“), popularly known as the New World Symphony, was composed by Antonín Dvořák in 1893 while he was the director of the National Conservatory of Music of America from 1892 to 1895. It is by far his most popular symphony, and one of the most popular in the romantic repertoire. In older literature and recordings this symphony is often indicated as Symphony No. 5Neil Armstrong took a recording of the New World Symphony to the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission, the first Moon landing, in 1969.[1]

Title page of the autograph score of Dvořák’s ninth symphony


Dvořák was interested in Native American music and the African-American spirituals he heard in America. Upon his arrival in America, he stated:

“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.”[4]

The symphony was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, and premiered on December 16, 1893, at Carnegie Hall conducted by Anton Seidl. A day earlier, in an article published in the New York Herald on December 15, 1893, Dvořák further explained how Native American music had been an influence on this symphony:

“I have not actually used any of the [Native American] melodies. I have simply written original themes embodying the peculiarities of the Indian music, and, using these themes as subjects, have developed them with all the resources of modern rhythms, counterpoint, and orchestral colour.”[5]

In the same article, Dvořák stated that he regarded the symphony’s second movement as a “sketch or study for a later work, either a cantata or opera … which will be based uponLongfellow‘s [The Song of] Hiawatha[6] (Dvořák never actually wrote such a piece).[6] He also wrote that the third movement scherzo was “suggested by the scene at the feast inHiawatha where the Indians dance”.[6]



13 responses to “Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, in E minor, “From The New World”: Karajan · Vienna Philarmonic

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  12. I love Dvorak and feel his symphonies are very emotional and charged with drama!


    • I think his themes are some of the most beautiful songs ever. Regardless of his inspiration, I just can’t associate any with anything ever composed. the suavity, and the fluidity of these themes are just divine! (I’m referring only to “from the new World”). But I agree with your feel for the drama and emotions. Some king of exhaustion which is traditional to the times, and to the character, both lyric, and powerful, though marvelously entwined.


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