Max Derrickson

Writing Music Program Notes for Over 20 Years

Dvořák – Symphony No. 9 in E-minor, Op. 95 “From the New World”

Antonin Dvořák   (b Nelahozeves, Bohemia (now Czech Republic), September 8, 1841; d Prague, May 1, 1904) Symphony No. 9 in E-minor, Op. 95  “From the New World” Adagio – Allegro molto Largo Scherzo – Molto vivace Allegro con fuoco A search for the identity of American music happened long before George Gershwin came onto the scene.  In 1892, […]

Dvořák – Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88

Antonin Dvořák   (Born in 1841 near Prague, Bohemia(now Czech Republic); died in1904 in Prague) Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88 I. Allegro con brio II. Adagio III. Allegretto grazioso IV. Allegro ma non troppo When Dvořák began composing his Symphony No. 8 in 1889, he was already a world renowned composer, and […]

Borodin – Music from Prince Igor

Alexander Borodin   (b in St. Petersburg, 1833; d in St. Petersburg, 1887) Music from Prince Igor Overture Polovtsian March Dance of the Polovtsian Maidens (#8) Polovtsian Dances (#17)   Between Russia and Chinalies a fantastic expanse of land that rises in great geological staircases up to the “Rooftop of the World” in Nepal.  In Borodin’s […]