Monday, November 8, 2010

Symphony No. 9 in E Minor "From the New World" by Antonin Dvorak.

OK, back to the classics: This Czech (Bohemian) romantic composer wrote his most popular symphony in 1893 during his stay in the U.S. from 1892-95. Inspired by Native American music and African-American spirituals. Commissioned by the New York Philharmonic Orch., it debuted at Carnegie Hall in '93 to rave reviews. Burleigh's spiritual "Goin' Home" is said to be based upon it. One of the most popular works in modern symphonic repertoires. Early on, it was titled "fifth" because of "the curse of the ninth". Composer? Symphony? What is "the curse of the ninth"?

Yesterday's answer: ""Solitary Man" by Neil Diamond. Solid tune! I just rented a great movie by the same name starring Michael Douglas. I saw Neil Diamond on stage in Ames years ago - one of the best concerts I've ever attended.

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