Instrumentation: 2d1, 2d1, 2, 2 - 4, 2, 3, 1, timp, str
The Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88, B. 163 by Antonín Dvorák was composed in 1889 at Vysoká u Príbrame, Bohemia, on the occasion of his election to the Bohemian Academy of Science, Literature and Arts. Dvorák conducted the premiere in Prague on 2 February 1890. In contrast to other symphonies of both the composer and the period, the music is cheerful and optimistic. It was originally published as Symphony No. 4. This publication is a critical edition by Frantisek Bartos.