Steps to the New World with Antonín Dvořák • The Symphonic Poems The Water Goblin and The Noon Witch


Music has enormous power to lay new landscapes before us and to tell stories. One of the musical forms created especially for this purpose in the middle of the 19th century is called the symphonic poem. In the Czech Lands, Bedřich Smetana was followed a bit later by Antonín Dvořák and his symphonic poems, mostly based on texts by K. J. Erben.

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  • Duration of the programme 2 hours
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  • From 11 years

Programme

Antonín Dvořák
The Water Goblin

Antonín Dvořák
The Noon Witch

Performers

Czech Student Philharmonic
Marko Ivanović conductor

Petr Kadlec guide

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Rudolfinum — Dvořák Hall


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The program is based on a musical part but also on a spoken word that will be given in Czech language only. The program will not be supplied with English subtitles.

Music has enormous power to lay new landscapes before us, to paint lovely pictures, and to tell stories. One of the musical forms created especially for this purpose in the middle of the 19th century – at a time when it was believed that after Beethoven, big symphonies could no longer be written – is called the symphonic poem. It was invented by Franz Liszt, who soon had numerous successors in Russia, France, and especially among Czech composers: Bedřich Smetana, of course, followed a bit later by Antonín Dvořák with his five symphonic poems, mostly based on texts by Karel Jaromír Erben.

Dvořák began composing The Water Goblin and The Noon Witch just a few days after he appeared in Rudofinum’s Dvořák Hall on 4 January 1896 to conduct the first concert in the history of the Czech Philharmonic. The fact that the world première that November took place not in Prague, but in London is telling about Dvořák’s fame.

Dvořák’s friend Leoš Janáček, the conductor of the Brno premières of many of his works, was a great admirer of Dvořák’s symphonic poems: “As yet, I know of no orchestral symphonic poems that speak in a direct instrumental language to the degree of definiteness, clarity, and truth in their waves of melodies (…) as The Water Goblin.”

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