From the arranger:
Dvorak’s New World Symphony, which is widely considered as his signature work, was composed in 1893 during his time as the director of the National Conservatory of Music of America in New York City. Although Dvorak claims that his music was original in nature, one can hear the influences of American styles of the time throughout his work. In the Largo movement, it has been stated that possible source music that he used included ideas from an Osage Indian song, African-American spirituals, and even the story of Hiawatha from Longfellow. The opening melody, which William Arms Fisher three decades later added words to and named “Goin’ Home”, continues to be one of the most recognized melodies throughout music. This arrangement was created to recreate the main themes and ideas of the Largo movement and to give the tuba ensemble the opportunity to perform this mainstay of classical literature.
- Jonathan Oliver
Score and parts included: Euphoniums 1-4 (BC & TC), Tubas 1-4