Become a Dvorak Marathon Supporter
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Become a 2019 Dvořák Marathon Supporter
Be part of the Bohemian whirlwind and celebrate the works of the Czech master, Antonín Dvořák, in a special way by becoming a Dvořák Marathon Supporter.
Offering a diverse program for all ages, the 3MBS Dvořák Marathon offers six concerts in the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall plus an all-day Youth Program in the Primrose Potter Salon.
You can choose to support one or more of the six concerts of the Dvořák Marathon, or the Marathon Youth Program, introducing young musicians to the captivating musical world of Dvořák. Whether it’s your favourite piece of music or a particular artist, your support will ensure that Melbourne comes to life with the virtuosic spirit of Bohemia.
To view the Dvořák Marathon program
Join one of the following tiers of support:
From The New World ($5,000+)
Undoubtedly Dvořák’s most famous symphonic work, his Symphony No. 9 in E minor, entitled ‘From the New World’, was composed in 1893 while he was the director of the National Conservatory of Music of America in New York. While at the conservatory, an African-American student, Harry T. Burleigh, would sing traditional spirituals to him which inspired the composer to write his original symphony in the spirit of Native American and African-American melodies.
Slavonic Rhapsody ($2,500+)
Dvořák composed three Slavonic Rhapsodies Op. 45 for orchestra in 1878. It marked a period when the composer established his international reputation. Earlier that year, his friend, Johannes Brahms, arranged for his Moravian Duets to be published, then came the success of the first volume of his Slavonic Dances. In these pieces, initially conceived as a single series, the composer wished the introduce a traditional folk idiom into his music that was distinctly Bohemian/Czech.
This fiery Bohemian dance form, known for its alternating 2/4 and 3/4 time and shifting accents, was used twice by Dvořák in his first volume of Slavonic Dances. The composer based his music on various dance forms, initially from Bohemia, then, as with the second volume of Slavonic Dances, more broadly throughout Eastern Europe. This dance form was frequently used by Dvořák’s older contemporary, Bedřich Smetana, in his opera, The Bartered Bride.
Dumky, the plural form of dumka, which literally means ‘thought’, was the subtitle given to Dvořák’s last Piano Trio, No. 4 in E minor Op. 90. This traditional Ukrainian folk ballad form was appropriated by Slavic composers to represent a brooding, melancholic composition with sudden cheerful sections interspersed within. Dvořák also used this form in his works for solo piano, String Sextet, Piano Quintet Op. 81 and in both volumes of the Slavonic Dances. His fourth piano trio, in six movements, has often been described as an ‘uninhibited Bohemian lament.’
Friedrich August Simrock, better known as Fritz Simrock, was a German music publisher who published most of the music by Dvořák. The publishing of his Moravian Duets represented a very important turning point in Dvořák’s career. Johannes Brahms recommended to Simrock to publish the duets by the then-obscure composer. He wrote in his letter to Simrock from 12 December 1877: ‘You will find pleasure in them as I did, as a publisher you will be specially delighted with their piquancy. Dvořák is undoubtedly a very talented man – and poor besides. I beg you think it over.’
How to support:
To make a contribution, simply CLICK HERE to submit a completed form and tick the box to indicate your intention to become a Dvořák Marathon Supporter. Alternatively, you can pick up a supporter brochure at the station or in the post. For inquiries call (03) 9416 1035 to speak to a staff member or volunteer.