The Scherzo is the third movement of Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 9, composed in 1893. The Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, popularly subtitled "From the New World" was composed during his three-year stay in the United States from 1892 to 1895. It is by far his most popular symphony and one of the most popular in the modern repertoire. The third movement, Scherzo, is fast and lively. This rhythmic movement is written in the traditional scherzo form. A contrasting trio ("Poco sostenuto") recalls Dvorak's very strong Czech-Bohemian folk influences. Native American music was also an influence on this movement. Dvorak wrote that it was "suggested by the scene at the feast in Hiawatha where the Indians dance," referring to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's 1855 epic poem "The Song of Hiawatha."


  • 6 C Flutes
  • 2 Alto Flutes
  • Bass Flute
  • Contrabass Flute