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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Why "New World"?

One amazing coincidence about our property is that we both hear the same music in our heads when we tromp about on it: Antonin Dvorak's "New World Symphony." Specifically, the 4th Movement. How strange is that? Not strange, when you consider that we were probably listening to it on the way up to Grand Marais in our car. It is magnificent music for a magnificent spot on the planet!




And a few articles about Dvorak's year in Iowa writing music, just one state away, and just over a century ago.
http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/9909_dvorak/
and
http://www.nytimes.com/1993/08/09/arts/dvorak-s-spirit-returns-to-the-iowa-he-loved.html?n=Top/Reference/Times%20Topics/People/D/Dvorak,%20Anton&scp=2&sq=Dvorak%20in%20Spillville&st=cse

Here's a link to last.fm where you can hear the 4th Movement played by the Dublin Philharmonic, directed by Derek Gleeson. I chose this one because they keep panning to close-ups of the French horn players!
http://www.last.fm/music/Anton%C3%ADn+Dvo%C5%99%C3%A1k/+videos/+1-yctfXIqugXc

So of course when we had to think of a name for our new place, new life, new adventure... We smacked our foreheads and said, Ya Think?

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