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Symphony N ° 8 of Antonín Dvorak

Symphony N ° 8 of Antonín Dvorak

The Eighth Symphony was initiated on August 26, 1889 and there finished November 8 of the same year. Dvorak directed the premiere in Prague, on February 2, 1890. The work reflects not only the happiest Dvorak humor, but also a continuation of the commitment with the Czech nationalism of his music. Because it was composed in his summer house in Vysoká, far from the professional pressures of the urban life and possibly because the composer was proposing to invoke the folk music, the symphony was composed without effort.

Many composers, at least from Beethoven, have written a symphony that stands out inside his work like pacific, simple and natural. Beethoven called his the Pastoral one. Other composers perhaps have not taken given of Beethoven the title (although Vaughan Williams did for his Third Symphony) not even his linkage of program of a symphony without problems, with images of the field, but there is a certain idyllic humor that there is shared by the Second one of Brahms, the Spring of Schumann, the Fifth one of Schubert, the Fourth one of Mahler, the Seventh one of Prokofiev, the Expansive one of Nielsen, the Romantic of Bruckner, the Scot of Mendelssohn and the Eighth one of Dvorak.

The Symphony Octave reflects not only the happiest Dvorak humor, but also a continuation of the commitment with the Czech nationalism of his music. Because the work was composed in his summer house in Vysoká, far from the professional pressures of the urban life and possibly because the composer was proposing to invoke the folk music, the symphony was composed without effort. He was feeling that his mind was overflowing of musical ideas: "If he could only write them immediately! But there - I must go slowly... The melodies simply sprout of me." Because the music was flowing easily, the composer could initiate the symphony only one week after having finished his previous work, a Quartet of Piano. Only the third one took him twelve days to compose the first movement, another week the second one, four days and six days the end. The orchestration was finished six weeks later.

Two months, after finishing the work, the composer presented it to the Academy of Bohemia for Stimulus of the Art and the Literature, of which recently he had been a designated member. Also it presented the symphony like his "exercise" when, in 1891, it got the honorary doctorate for the University of Cambridge. The work was interpreted in the presentation ceremony together with his Stabat Mater. Dvorak remembered the event:
I will never forget how I felt when they made me a doctor of England. Except at all the ceremony and nobody except confer a doctorate. All the faces were serious and it seemed to me that none knew any other language that the Latin. It was looking at the right and at the left and did not know to whom he had to listen. And when I realized that they all were speaking to me, I experienced a big impact and felt shamed not to know Latin. But when I think about that today, I laugh, and think that to compose Stabat Mater is, after everything, more that to know Latin.
The Eighth Symphony, in spite of his apparent simplicity, presents new ways of confronting the symphonic form. The first movement begins with a topic that is a miscellany of introduction and exhibition. Like introduction, he drives to the symphony moving towards the principal tonality. But in contrast to an introduction, it is executed in the same rapid time as the rest of the movement. What the principal topic turns out to be it is listened a little later: a tune of folk simplicity, interpreted by the alone one of flute. The second topic characterized by the ascent with jump of octave in the winds, uses a typical device of the Czech folk music: his opening compass repeats two times before going forward.

The second movement also has an unusual structure. It begins with a topic partly solemnly and partly shooting that at first seems to flutter between My biggest flat and minor Do. What seems to be an opposite topic comes in major Do: with an accompaniment of scales of violin, the flute and the oboe touch a melody exquisitely pacific. This tune seems to be too calm to present the traditional conflict with the principal topic. And this way it it is, since the music never again returns to My biggest flat or to minor Do. With hindsight, we understand that the opening, as it seems of the first movement, is both an introduction and an exhibition. The trusting character of the melody in major Do impregnates the music. It is this second topic, not the first one, which returns after the development section. Even when the topic of the opening finally returns, it does it in tonality of the second topic.

The third movement is structured of traditional form. It consists of a waltz of unequivocal Czech folk character, with an average section that is also of folk type. To the beginning of this trio, the flute and the oboe they execute a beautiful tune with a delightful accompaniment of ropes and kettledrums. This melody is taken of the opera of Obstinate Loving Dvorak Los. After the waltz returns, the average section transforms in a rapid dance to finish the movement. In his simplicity, this movement remembers the Slavonic dances of the composer.

The end is a set of changes. After a trumpets fanfare, we hear the principal topic in the violoncellos. This melody begins, as the topic of the flute in the first movement, with an ascending tonic triad. The composer had difficulties to construct this melody. In fact he wrote ten versions different from her. It is fascinating to compare them to see how it emerges, step by step, in his final form. The changes are moving away progressively from the initial topic, happening across a delightful change in flute and a section in minor Do, before the trumpets fanfare indicates the return to the topic in his original appearance.

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