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Anna Maria Collins
Discussion 3
Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:01am
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The final topic for my paper will be “The Styles and Influences of Antonín Dvorák’s Compositions.” The main points in my paper will explain how his compositional style was directly influenced by his musical career and travels. The complexity and expression throughout Dvorák’s works expanded as he learned about different cultures and grew as a person and musician. He was inspired by American music, as well as the Slavonic folk tunes of his country, which both influenced his compositional style. I will include historic background, such as his early childhood, to give the reader a reference to how Dvorák was raised and what musical upbringing he had. It is important to discuss his early childhood because he grew up around Slavonic music and culture, which directly influenced his writing. Also, I will include information about his studies in musical composition and instruments. These studies greatly influenced his later pieces, and provided Dvorák with the fundamentals, as well as the tools to create great music. Other points that I will address will be his contemporaries, and his career opportunities. Examples of these opportunities will include information about monumental works that he composed, and his travels. Another point that I will include in this paper will be information about his “American Period” of composition that took place when when he moved to America to teach and compose. I plan to use his Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “New World Symphony” Op. 95, String Quartet No. 12 in F Major “The American” Op. 96, and his Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, in order to show what and who influenced his music. I will also show where specific places are within the music that incorporate his specific style of writing. For example, in the “New World Symphony,” Dvorák uses American folk tunes to inspire his music. The most useful sources that I have found is Alec Robertson’s book Dvořák, Jan Smaczny’s book Dvorák, Cello Concerto, Philip Huscher’s article in the "Chicago Symphony Orchestra Program Notes,” Hans Hubert Schönzeler’s book Dvorák, Klaus Döge’s article Dvorák, Antonín, and John Clapham’s article Dvořák on the American Scene.

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