Digital Program - Znaider

The movement ends with the Going Home theme, but this time the English horn is joined by a violin, and the brass conclude with the opening chorale. The third movement is a rhythmical Scherzo in dance-style, sparkling with joy, grace and humor, its character being more Slavic than American. After the opening section, an original "wild" theme appears in a change of key, hinting at primeval dance music. Some depicted this as "impressions from an Indian celebration". The Trio may be described as a rustic Austrian dance in the style of Schubert. The middle part of the Trio is filled with rustic exultation and bird-song, again in the tradition of Slavic folk dances. In the final movement we soar to peaks from which we can almost view spectacular Slavic (and not American) landscapes. Following a vigorous introduction, the trumpets loudly intone the main theme, which is repeated by the entire orchestra. Passages that may remind us of American-oriented tunes, some in the spirit of Jazz and some resembling folk-songs, are heard throughout the movement. Yet, they are soon blended with distinctly European sounds. There is even a "quotation" from an English nursery rhyme, Three Blind Mice, which eventually acquires the character of a Slavic dance. In this movement, Dvořák proves his ability and talent in successfully and surprisingly repeating some of the themes from the three previous movements. Dvořák does not rush to end the symphony, seemingly concluding it in several stages, in a heart-tearing cry of yearning and in yet another reminder of themes from the other movements. The symphony fades away quietly, like a conclusion of a colorful musical fairy-tale "From the New World", based naturally, boldly and imaginatively on ideas and principles from the "Old World" tradition, but at the same time, in Dvorak's own words: "Everyone who has ears and a nose must hear and smell - America". Yisrael Daliot