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Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88, the Third Movement: Allegro gracioso, Antonin Leopold Dvorak

June 29 - August 13


We are pleased to bring you this piece from our November 10, 2019 concert, Toshi’s Choice, which was held at Central Connecticut State University’s Welte Hall. This was the debut concert for our Music Director and Conductor, Toshiyuki Shimada.

In the highly spirited third movement, a melancholy waltz in a minor key, a refreshing but wistful mood prevails. Dvorak’s orchestration at the highest level creates one of the most beautiful movements in his symphonic works. This serves as the traditional scherzo section, though its spirit is more in line with a Brahmsian intermezzo. The central trio section presents some of the simplest countrified music Dvorak ever wrote. The waltz returns in a sensitive way and the movement ends with an energetic and happy coda in two beats.



June 29
August 13
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