Largo (from Symphony No. 9, "From the New World") composed by Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904). Arranged by Robert D. McCashin. For string orchestra. Orchestra. FJH String Orchestra. Grade 3.5. Score and set of parts. Duration 5 minutes. Published by The FJH Music Company Inc (FJ.ST6153).
This unique and thorough arrangement now fills the need of directors who have been looking for a more substantial yet playable version of Dvorak's beloved Largo. As always, McCashin has put a great deal of effort into making sure that other sections of the movement have been included in addition to the opening theme. The result is a wonderful and sonically rich arrangement that truly resembles the original yet is very approachable at the medium level. Lush!
Dvorak's Symphony No. 9, "From the New World" is one of the composer's most beloved, successful, and frequently performed compositions. The symphony, written during his first stay in the United States (1892-1895), was completed in Spillville, Iowa, in 1893. Dvorak, who had been invited to New York by Mrs. Thurber, wife of a wealthy New York merchant, was engaged as the first director of the National Conservatory of Music. Some believe the symphony to be a message back to his native Bohemia expressing his love of and nostalgia for his homeland. During his stay in the United States, Dvorak had immersed himself in the music of African American and Native American cultures, and there is little doubt that the Largo movement was written in the style of some of the early plantation melodies with which he was familiar. Yet it also contains clear reminiscences of the harmonic and melodic warmth found in music of his birth country.
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