by ALBERT TAYLOR
Relayed from First Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street
Now universally accepted as having been inspired by Dvorak's interest in the Negro melodies of the United States during the short stay which he made there, the New World Symphony was claimed, on its first appearance, by his fellow countrymen as being thoroughly Bohemian, like the rest of his music. Indeed, they suggested that it might be even more so as embodying something of the home-sickness which Dvorak admittedly felt amid the noise and bustle of New York. But whether the tunes are Negro or Bohemian, they are all fine melodies, and the popularity of the Symphony is very easy to understand.
There are four movements. The slow movement has two main tunes, the first played by the English horn, the big brother of the oboe, the second by the clarinet. The clearness of the orchestral texture and the delicacy of the colouring make this movement an admirable medium for transcribing in terms of the organ.
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