Iain Farrington

Pianist, organist, composer, arranger

Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 ‘From the New World’

for Chamber Orchestra

Antonin Dvorak composed his Ninth Symphony 'From the New World' in 1893 while director of the National Conservatory of Music of America. It was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and has subsequently become one of his most popular works, as well as one of the most famous orchestral works in the repertoire. The music combines Dvorak's Czech rhythms with the sounds of American songs and spirituals, resulting in a glorious outpouring of melody, most notably the cor anglais solo in the second movement. This arrangement aims to create a full orchestral picture from a smaller ensemble, using only the instruments in Dvorak's score. Hearing the clarity of individual lines can reveal hidden aspects of the score, adding an intimacy in the performing and listening experience, as well as enabling this work to be performed in smaller venues without enormous financial constraints. The complete score is arranged, unabridged.

Instrumentation: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, timpani, percussion (triangle, cymbals), violin 1, violin 2, viola, cello, double bass (minimum 2, 2, 2, 2, 1)

Available to hire or purchase from Aria Editions here

Listen to a live performance here:

1. Adagio-Allegro molto (8’47)

2. Largo (11’24)

3. Scherzo: Molto vivace (7’33)

4. Finale: Allegro con fuoco (10’37)

Performance on YouTube by The New Orchestra of Washington, USA: