To keep your spirits up, here’s the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra rehearsing Dvorak’s Symphony No 9 (From the New World) second movement, from their homes. 


Posted by Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra on Wednesday, 25 March 2020


Dvořák’s From the New World Symphony was completed early in 1893. The title and context of this major piece place it a priori under the spotlight of the early-stated native-American music influence, where the African-American predominating presence coincided with the rise of ragtime.

This filiation of the piece generated some controversy. An article published in the New York Herald on 15 December 1893 (just before the premiere), quoted Dvořák:

I have not actually used any of the 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.