This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Exploring The New World Through Antonin Dvorak's Music

1459 words - 6 pages

Antonin Dvorak was one of the leading composers of the late Romantic period and one of many composers that utilized portions of music from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds in his compositions. The idea of Music Nationalism can be found in many of his works, especially in his Symphony no. 9 in E minor “from the New World”, which incorporates ideas from the American culture.
Antonin Dvorak was born on September 8, 1841 in the small village of Nelahozeves. Dvorak began his early music education training when he was eight years old at the local school in his village. When he was 14 he trained with the church choirmaster in the nearby town of ZIonce. At the age of 16 he studied at the German municipal school briefly and a year later, in 1857, he began his studies at the Prague Organ School, graduating in 1859. (Stefan 25-30).
Dvorak earned his first glance of success on March 9 of 1873 with the premiere of his patriotic cantata for male voices. (Doge) Boasting in the success Dvorak would then start to work on his opera, King and Charcoal Burner, with the Provisional Theatre. (Doge) This piece unfortunately did not get to premiere and was taken off the program because it exceeded the capabilities of the Czech orchestra. This event, however, is a pivotal point in the composition process of Dvorak as he began to critically assess his work and started to dive into new directions (Doge). This is where he starts to explore the ideas of music nationalism as his compositions deviated from the German influence and were influenced more by elements of Slavonic Folklore. During this Dvorak composed a couple more string quartets and a new version of his King and Charcoal Burner, which ended up having a very successful premiere in November of 1874 (Doge).
In 1883 Dvorak was invited to London to conduct his works and he would return there another 8 times. Amidst all this touring, in June 1891 Dvorak was invited to be a professor at the National Conservatory of Music In America by its president, Jeannette Thurber. Dvorak’s music was already popular in America, but Mrs. Thurber had the goal of wanting to create a national American style of art music. He accepted this invitation and departed for America in September of 1892 on the SS Saale and arrived in New York nine days later. October 1st marked his first day at the conservatory and on the 21st he gave the premiere of his piece, Te Deum, which he wrote for Mrs. Thurber for the 400-year anniversary of Columbus and America. Te Deum, however was not written in America; Dvorak’s first piece written in America would be his “New World” Symphony which premiered at Carnegie Hall on December 16th 1893 (Doge).
While at the National Conservatory he sought help from a black student, Henry Thacker Burleigh. From this experience he immersed himself in spirituals and plantation songs to help create his American style of music. His American style was based on pentatonism in the melodic line, flattened leading notes,...

Find Another Essay On Exploring the New World through Antonin Dvorak's Music

Peaceful Protest: Fueling World Change Through Music

917 words - 4 pages feminism, the labor movement, anti-war efforts, and the sexual revolution. One way that participants of these movements would spread their influence and cause was through the use of protest music. One of the most influential singers within this protest music genre was Pete Seeger. Pete Seeger was an American folk singer that became widely famous in the 1960’s when he became a prominent protest singer, advocating things such as the anti-war movement

Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley: exploring Huxley's accuracy of the future

929 words - 4 pages Brave New World Essay TestBrave New RealitiesIn a high school bathroom, a young girl is casually taking narcotics, the twelfth visitor that the lavatories have seen this day for the same purpose. A man peers into a bottle in a science lab as he pours more DNA samples into the container. As a woman drives home from work, she repeats the phrase 'There's a little McDonalds, in everyone." Aldous Huxley created a remarkable world, one that introduced

Galileo exploring the renaissance world

784 words - 3 pages important role of revolving medieval polythology to harmonic modulation. In other words, he created a new style of music that influenced the young scientist to become apart of the wonderful world of renaissance. All of his works were original. However, Galileo's discoveries of astronomy proved the Copernicus System. Eventually, his belief in this system got him into trouble and Galileo was found guilty of heresy and had to spend the rest of his

Exploring the World of Mythology

1249 words - 5 pages Babylonians suggests that humans are materialized from the substance of Earth. In Heaven and Earth and Man, Nu-kua is credited with the creation of humans from a lump of mud. From boredom she created the first human, who danced and made sounds of joy for she to enjoy. While Nu-kua is enjoying the companionship of her new friends, could she have imagined that thousands of miles away, a brave warrior named Merodach created the first human from the

Rock Music through the Ages

1183 words - 5 pages From clubs in Britain, to the garages in the United States, rock music is and has been taking the world head on for 60 years. It has always been the rebel in the music world, breaking all the rules and always making unexpected turns. With this said, let’s go back to where it all started, back to the 1950’s… Around the mid 1950’s, a new type of music began to rise in the Southern United States. This music was like no other, for it wasn’t defined

Instrumental Music Through the Eras

1008 words - 5 pages Music has shaped the lives of people throughout history. Even in its earliest forms, music has included use of instruments. One of the oldest musical instruments known is a variation of the flute; the original flute is thought to date back nearly 67,000 years ago. Tonight we are going to move throughout the eras with a history of instrumental music. This concert will begin with the Renaissance Era and continue through time until we have

Country Music Through the Generations

707 words - 3 pages country music today. Bill believed country music was still about the land and as they stated “the dessert of the 'cowboy West'.” Today it is more about life getting older, and falling in love. “Gone Country” talks about how the singers today go into more controversial areas in singing. This shows how our generation is open to new possibilities. Feiler talks about homosexuality, poverty and race. A few generations ago people wouldn't have seen a

The World of Music

752 words - 4 pages they each conveyed that invincible American spirit through their catchy jazz tunes. Their music is still widely enjoyed today. Jazz influenced the next sub-genres of music, including swing and bebop. Jazz also had influence on the next huge upheaval in American music: rock and roll. When most people think of “rock and roll,” they might imagine a leather-clad Elvis Presley thrusting his hips and drawling along with his electric guitar. Rock and

Brave new world and Blade runner essay, exploring contexts

660 words - 3 pages The novel Brave New world, composed by Aldous Huxley and the film, Blade runner produced by Ridley Scott are both texts which can be classified as science fiction, nevertheless, It must be noted that both texts were created in contrasting historical social contexts. Huxley wrote the novel in 1932- post World War 1, during a period of change and disillusionment. A period marked by brutal dictatorships, mass persecution and depression. . Huxley's

The New Age of Music

1822 words - 7 pages Nothing in this world remains stationary. Everything is constantly changing and advancing, and technology is no exception. Daily, new technological inventions are being created. One of the more recent ideas is the electronification of music. Starting in the mid-nineteenth century, electronic music has done nothing but aid in the growth of humanity. This form of music is commonly disliked and labeled as “fake music,” but it is actually the exact

Exploring the Strange World of Kafka

1705 words - 7 pages retrospect, this aspect of my imitation (the metaphor made literal) is fairly flawed. There are several aspects of Kafka’s technique that my story does not emulate well. Though Gregor’s metamorphosis is extreme and shocking, it is still grounded in reality. Kafka does not create a whole other world, but rather changes one major feature of this world. The way in which Kafka grounds readers in this tweaked reality is through careful physical

Similar Essays

Antoin Dvorak's Outlook On Life Through Music

747 words - 3 pages In describing the great composer, Antonin Dvorak's music, one music scholar stated that it “expresses joy in life, love of man and nature, faith in God, and devotion to his country.” 1 Renowned as one of the greatest Czech composer to live, he took advantage of the Romantic era to create his own variations on music. Looking into key parts of his life, his music, and his outlook on life will give a greater idea of Dvorak's true existence

Personal Account Of Exploring New Cultures Through An International Fair

701 words - 3 pages For this experience I chose to go to the international festival. The reason was because the international festival is an attraction for all the different cultures, and attending such event will enable me to experience more than one cultural experience. More than 20 countries participated in the event, which helped in expanding the experience scope. I have learned many new things about different cultures, weather they where foods, games, arts

Introducing The New World Through Shakespeare

1348 words - 6 pages The Age of Exploration is a time period where Europeans discovered the America’s and they were eagerly exploring them in the hopes of finding trade routes, knowledge, and riches. During this time period many accounts of the New World were recorded through things like letters and journals, describing the land and the people found in the America’s. A lot of the information in these accounts was featured in works of literature during this time

What Would The World Be Like Without Music? A Brief History Of Music Through The Ages

1963 words - 8 pages instruments, and no music only voices. What would it be like? No music through a whole movie. Would it change the way you experience the movie? “Music is so powerful, it can change everything about a film.” (Bond 44-45) Music has a big purpose for being here. It can even change a life for the better or worst. Think back to when you were watching the movie with no music or sound. Would it be even worth it to stay and watch the whole film? It’s has