Popularly known as the “New World Symphony,” Antonín Dvorák’s (1841-1904) Symphony No. 9 in E minor was composed in 1893 while he was the director of the National Conservatory of Music of America. A major part of the orchestral repertoire, this symphony’s melodic material was influenced by the music of Native Americans and African American spirituals he heard during his tenure in North America, while his sense of America’s “wide open spaces” after a visit to Iowa’s prairies also inspired the feeling of the work. It was premiered by the New York Philharmonic Society, Anton Seidl conducting, on December 16, 1893. This Critical Edition based on the composer's manuscript was edited by Otakar Šourek. Instrumentation: 2(2dPicc).2+EH.2.2: 22.214.171.124: Timp.Perc(1): Str (9-8-7-6-5 in set).