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A Popular Concert

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Relayed from the Assembly Room, City Hall
NATIONAL ORCHESTRA OF WALES
(Cerdorffa Genedlaethol Cymru)
Conducted by WARWICK BRAITHWAITE
DVORAK'S fifth Symphony has had a very large share in making him the popular composer he is. It appeared with the name ' From the New World ' soon after his return from New York, where ho spent a short part of his career in an official post, hating the noise and bustle of that busy city as only such a simple soul could do ; after only a short stay, he relinquished his post to return to his peaceful country life in Bohemia.
Along with the so-called ' 'Nigger' String
Quartet, and other works, this Symphony was claimed by the people of the United States as in a sense their own, owing its origin to Dvorak's stay in the States, and to. his interest in the native Negro melodies. His own countrymen, however, would have none of this, and insisted with equal certainty and much more fervour, that every note in these works was as strongly Bohemian as anything Dvorak ever wrote. It matters very little what the origin of the tunes was; what does matter is that they are all fine tunes and that Dvorak used them throughout in a most picturesque and happy way.
The slow movement has also two main tunes, the first played by the English horn, the big brother of the oboe, the second by the clarinet.
The Finale, which follows, is, like all the preceding movements, full of life and colour. There are two main tunes and many subordinate ones, while snatches from the earlier sections of the work are also introduced here and there, one and all being treated with unfailing resourcefulness and skill.

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Conducted By: Warwick Braithwaite

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