Dvorak's Symphonic Journey to the 'New World' Czech composer Antonin Dvorak wrote his New World Symphony in New York. Conductor Marin Alsop sees the work as Dvorak's symphony of self-discovery, filled with the sounds of new places and nostalgic nods to his homeland.
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Hear Alsop discuss Dvorak on 'Weekend Edition Saturday'

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Dvorak's Symphonic Journey to the 'New World'

Dvorak's Symphonic Journey to the 'New World'

Hear Alsop discuss Dvorak on 'Weekend Edition Saturday'

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Hear Dvorak's Symphony

Marin Alsop conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in excerpts from Dvorak's Symphony No. 9: "From the New World."

1. 'Adagio -- Allegro molto' (excerpt)

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2. 'Largo' (excerpt)

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3. 'Molto vivace' (excerpt)

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4. 'Allegro con fuoco' (excerpt)

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Czech composer Antonin Dvorak crossed the Atlantic in September 1892 to direct the National Conservatory of Music in New York. During his stay, he composed the "New World" Symphony. Getty Images hide caption

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Marin's Moments

As the symphony opens, Dvorak's French horn blast signals the unknown

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A "main theme" emerges in the first movement

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The haunting melody from the "Largo" was turned into the song "Goin' Home"

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Newfound urgency in the finale

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The symphony's melodies are transformed at the end

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The Brooklyn Bridge, as Antonin Dvorak would have seen it when he lived and worked in New York in the 1890s. Getty Images hide caption

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The Brooklyn Bridge, as Antonin Dvorak would have seen it when he lived and worked in New York in the 1890s.

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