Classical music knowledge level: +1

Yay! As of today I can call myself a little more knowledgeable when it comes to classical music. Over the past six months or so I’ve been listening to all 9 of Antonin Dvořák’s symphonies regularly. It took me a while to find a copy of #3 and #6, but in the end I’ve managed to find them somewhere on the Internet. After hours and hours of listening to them, although some of them have received much more play than others, I’ve found that #4 and #8 are my favourites. #4 for its catchy (as far as classical music can be regarded as catchy) 3rd movement – the Allegro feroce, #8 more because of its overall composition than for a single movement. Dvořák’s best known symphony, #9 (From The New World), receives a well-deserved bronze medal, to put it in an Olympic context.

I’ll keep listening to Dvořák in the future, but I’ll try and get some other composers in the mix as well. There’s still a lot left to listen and learn in the classical music world.

Antonin Dvorak

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