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Classics Explained: DVORAK - Symphony No. 9, 'From the New World' (Siepmann)

111 songs (2 hours and 28 minutes) Released on July 1, 2002
Disc 1
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": A quiet beginning: sorrow, syncopation, and sequence
2:38
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Instrumental colour as a prime element: clarinets and bassoons, an outburst by the French horn
0:57
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The opening tune again, with different instrumental colouring: now flutes and oboes
0:32
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The first big surprise: strings, shattering drumbeats, shrieks from flutes, oboes, and clarinets
0:37
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Cellos and basses take us into a new key while flutes and oboes dance in syncopation.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Horns, violas, and cellos introduce a new idea, soon to evolve into the main theme.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": A tiny detail from the opening culminates in a wild drumming that heralds a major event
0:42
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Introduction complete
2:05
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": A solo horn introduces the main theme, perkily answered by bassoons and horns.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The theme moves to G major; answering phrase from flutes, oboes, bassoons.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Long crescendo, tremolo strings, back to tonic and biggest statement yet of the main theme.
0:39
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Transition to the secondary theme through the use of sequence. Sonata form; satability and flux
1:36
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Three-bar groupings and again the use of sequence, spelling out a chord
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The sequence continues to rise, and the four-bar phrase returns as the standard unit.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The first violins start off the next phrase, but the melodic shape is more compact.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The violins fall silent; the violas and cellos answer with a new figure
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": So now we have a two-bar group, made up of statement and answer.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The same thing again (though not quite the same)
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Transition complete. The secondary theme arrives, with French horns as 'bagpipes'.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The 'bagpipe drone' is taken over by cellos, with their insistently repeated G and D.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The tune is taken up by cellos and double-basses, 'shadowed' by the second violins.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The violins continue a pattern of steady pairs, and the cellos and basses introduce a new idea.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Unexpectedly, we find ourselves back with the secondary theme. A new idea emerges.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Again we hear the shortened version of the secondary theme
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The suspense is heightened as everything slows down
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": This beautiful flute tune is said to resemble 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot'.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": A big crescendo leads to a final statement of the closing theme
1:16
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The development section begins with a conversation between cellos, double-bases, and violins.
1:09
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The beginning of the closing theme is taken up in turn by the horn, piccolo, and trumpet.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Sequential chirping from the oboes based on the 'answering' part of the main theme, now in the major
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Much of the development comes from a diminution of the closing theme from the exposition.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": A tiny detail becomes a major ingredient, giving an agitated quality to an originally sunny tune.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Through a sequence of keys so quickly that it is hard to keep track of them
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The main theme from massed cellos and double-basses, topped by two trumpets over tremolo violas
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": After that major climax, we arrive at the threshold of the recapitulation
1:04
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Dvorak flouts tradition by setting the secondary theme and the closing theme in unexpected keys.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The tumultuous convulsion of the coda brings the first movement to its epic close.
3:09
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Humpty Dumpty: putting the bits back together again
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": First movement (complete)
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The very opening chords unmistakably herald the arrival of something special.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The role of instrumentation in setting the scene...
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": ...and in enhancing the quality of one of the most famous tunes in symphonic history.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The cor anglais is joined by the clarinet, creating a fascinating change in the timbre.
1:08
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": For the closing part of the tune, there is another new sonority: cor anglais plus bassoon.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The closing bar is repeated by clarinets and bassoons, the horn adding a new touch
0:28
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Back to the start to hear the whole of the story so far, this time without commentary
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": A change of scoring: the slow opening chords return, this time played by the winds alone.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The changes in scoring are just beginning.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The flutes and oboes introduce a new tune, over hushed tremolo strings.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": A memorable combination of continuous, asymmetrical melody with steady, march-like counterpoint.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Back in that woodland glade, the light and shadows have changed, revealing new shapes and patterns.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The next section is new and forward-looking, yet also a kind of dream-recollection of a past scene.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": An abrupt change of mood, much discussion and embellishment, and a hushed note of expectancy
2:01
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Subjectivity and expertise; Sourek and Tovey disagree; onwards, into the final section
5:14
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Cue to whole movement
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Second movement (complete)
12:00
Disc 2
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Dvorak, Beethoven, and the Scherzo. Dvorak purposely confuses the listener's expectations.
1:54
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Using a little fanfare, Dvorak further builds up expectation before revealing the main theme.
0:21
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": When the theme is revealed, we find that it is not exactly a tune.
0:36
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Two little bursts of rhythm provide the seeds from which much of the movement grows.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": It is the second half of the theme that dominates.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Back to the beginning to hear the whole of this opening section
0:48
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Without ever being remotely 'academic' or 'intellectual', there is much counterpoint going on here.
0:20
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Dvorak's very Czech love of combining conflicting rhythms, sometimes metres
2:31
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": A clearly transitional passage, obsessed with the rhythmic tag that both opens and closes the theme
0:30
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Sooner than we may have expected, we seem to have arrived at the Trio section.
1:07
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": A new kind of tone quality sheds a subtly different light on the theme.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The flutes and oboes now chime in with an answering variant of the opening...
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": ...and the cellos and bassoons take up the original version of the theme.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": A false alarm: it was not the traditional Trio section at all, but rather part 2 of Scherzo proper
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Soon, after a very rapid build, the Scherzo proper does reach its final phase.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The orchestral texture thins dramatically, and we approach what this time really is the Trio section.
1:28
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The Trio section is reminiscent more of the 'Old World' than the 'New'.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": In the second half of the Trio, a new tune emerges, a kind of Slavonic waltz.
1:00
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The main theme of the Trio returns against a much fuller orchestral background.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Then it is all a matter of repeats, until we reach the coda, which ends with an explosive bang.
1:15
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Third movement (complete)
8:07
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Like the first movement, the fourth begins not with its main theme but with an introduction.
0:47
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The main theme: an imposing march, introduced by trumpets and trombones, with timpani
0:48
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The main theme, part two. A codetta-like passage closes off the march
1:01
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The 'transitional' theme, while outwardly contrasting, is actually a hidden variant of the march.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": A point of future obsession
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The second half of this 'transitional' theme is given to the winds the strings have finished.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The 'obsession' takes root, with a ten-fold repetition, before the arrival of the second subject.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The hidden traps in sonata-form terminology: 'second main theme' vx. 'second subject'
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The unexpected entry and subsequent ubiquity of 'Three Blind Mice'
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": We meet the mice again, now in the cellos and double-basses, where they persistently refuse to run.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": More 'Three Blind Mice' material
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The mice return to the basement, where the bassoons have joined the cellos and double-basses.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Next, they are back with the clarinets who pass them back to the cellos
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Now they return to the high winds, delicately trilling.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Relief, at last: the mice back off, making way for a remainder of the main theme from the trumpets.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The mice yield to woodpeckers; the main theme is now doubled in speed
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The triplets of the 'transitional' theme are now handed down through strings
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Reminders of past movements begin to fly by, thick and fast, sometimes very fast.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": In fact there are three bits of quotation going on here simultaneously.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The violas react every time the 'Goin' Home' theme is quoted by the winds.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The rhythm of the opening of the 'Goin' Home' theme dominates, transformed by trumpets
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The march theme reappears as a Mendelssohnian fairy; the main theme from the 1st mov. now returns.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": We reach an interesting point: have we heard the beginning of the recapitulation, or not?
1:05
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Perhaps this is it? Back for a reminder of the theme proper, as we first heard it
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Tovey places the start of the recapitulation here.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The main theme recast in pathetic rather than heroic terms - and with magical scoring
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": This unexpected crisis in confidence plays a major role in the overall dramatic impact of the mov.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The main theme returns - not complete, but chopped up into shorter and shorter fragments.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": A glorious thematic stew; high drama, a powerful build-up... but then?
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The dramatic highpoint of the mov., an astonishing transformation, but first, back to the original
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": The same chords again, this time blasted out by the entire wind and brass sections
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Now we are into the finishing stretch, but the surprises continue to the very end of the very end.
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Summary, context, and cue into the whole movement
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An Introduction to … DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": Fourth movement (complete)
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