Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70
This Rehearsal is being presented as a Relaxed Experience.
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Saturday February 18th, 2023 @ 12:30 pm
Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70
Antonín Dvořák began working on this symphony in December of 1884. He was inspired by our last UNTUXED open rehearsal work, Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 3. Dvořák admired it so much that he started thinking about writing a new symphony himself. And as it just so happened, the London Philharmonic Society had invited him to write a new symphony. One day after his daily walk to Prague railway station, he said “The first subject of my new symphony flashed in to my mind on the arrival of the festive train bringing our countrymen from Pest.”
The Czechs were in fact coming to the National Theatre in Prague, for a musical evening to support the political struggles of the Czech nation. Dvořák decided that his new symphony would reflect this struggle. It only took him five days to complete a sketch of the first movement, and he wrote to one of his friends: “I am now busy with this symphony for London, and wherever I go I can think of nothing else. God grant that this Czech music will move the world!!”
Next year, 2024, will mark this Symphony’s 140th anniversary, proving that it did indeed move the world.
Join music director Daniel Raiskin as he leads the WSO in a rehearsal of this beautiful work, and discover what it takes to prepare for a performance. Afterwards, the maestro will answer any questions you have about the work or the rehearsal process in a short Q&A.
UNTUXED: A unique and casual way to experience the WSO all in one hour.
*Please note this is a working rehearsal. The orchestra may not perform the work the whole way through. The conductor may start and stop the orchestra and discuss things with the musicians.