Why Dvorak's New World Symphony Is 'The Best'

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Czech composer Antonin Dvorak. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Music writer Fran Hoepfner (@franhoepfner) speaks with Here & Now‘s Robin Young about her love for “Symphony from the New World” by Antonin Dvorak.

Dvorak, who was Czech, wrote it in 1893 while in the U.S. leading a conservatory and studying American folk music. It’s become a famous musing on what “home” means, and what “American-ness” sounds like.


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