Though the main focus of this month has been on the life and music of Harry T. Burleigh, one of the common ways he is known is as a student of Antonin Dvorak at the National Conservatory of Music in the early 1890s. While studying with Dvorak, Burleigh would sometimes sing spirituals for Dvorak (at that time known simply as negro songs) which made their way into Dvorak’s compositions, most notably the New World Symphony.

Knowing this, I thought it would be appropriate to do some more research on Dvorak’s relationship with the United States and its music and to create a sort of map that tells a story about The symphony no. 9 From the New World and its reception. Here is the simple map that underlies the story map

This is only the simple location map. The story will incorporate text, video, audio, and pictures as well as quotes from Dvorak, Burleigh, and others. It will be a part of the Burleigh project page, so go find it there! Working with others on the same project all semester has made me really grateful for being able to split up work. Because I worked on this project by myself, I found myself struggling to get everything done and almost feeling overwhelmed, but it was good to get this done and do some of my own work. I was happy that I was able to finish the Buirleigh research early enough (and that I could leave it to others) and work on something I think will be a good addition to the overall project.