This is a visual presentation to accompany a live performance of the second and third movements of Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 9, "From the New World." It was created by Peter Bogdanoff and Joseph Horowitz. The presentation was commissioned by the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and has since been used by the New York Philharmonic, the Nashville Symphony, the Pacific Symphony, and Berlin’s Komische Oper orchestra, among others.
The purpose of the visual presentation is not to propose a program, but to reinstate the cultural vocabulary shared by Dvorak and his audience of 1893, and so enable present-day audiences to experience this music as it was experienced when new. The visual ingredients include excerpts from Longfellow’s The Song of Hiawatha (acknowledged by Dvorak as a point of inspiration for both movements), renderings of scenes from Hiawatha, and nineteenth century American paintings by Frederic Church, Albert Bierstadt, George Catlin, and Frederic Remington, among others.