Reflections on cultural contrasts. In the 19th century, famous Romantic composers such as Dvorak and Brahms were known for their ability to connect the ideas, feelings, and collective conscience of people across many cultures and generations, through their compositions. Dvorak’s style was noted for having two sides, as it were – one inspired by his experiences with folk cultures in Moravia and North America, and the other, inspired by his interaction with European religious traditions, including sacred music written for Psalms and Mass. Often referred to as the “master of fusion”, his final work, New World Symphony, perfectly reflects the two sides of his life experiences.
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