Unfortunately, the "ill-advice" comes from the composer himself. There are so many references around to the manuscript score of the 6th in a Prague museum in which Dvorak scratched out the repeat and added the comment "Away with these repeats forever!" that I cannot believe Byzantion is unaware of it. Czech conductors have traditionally been taught at Prague Conservatoire not to play the repeats in Dvorak's symphonies because of this comment by the composer. At least one Czech-trained conductor has felt obliged to respond to the British press, having been criticized over this omission (I refer to a letter to Gramophone in the early 1970 which I could hunt down if I had time).
But, Byzantion may argue, I don't care what Dvorak wanted and I think he was wrong anyway because I like the movement better with the repeat. Unfortunately, this is a dangerous doctrine. Suppose a conductor decided he liked the 3rd, 7th and 8th better with a first movement repeat (there is no repeat in the score), would this entitle him to make it? What if a conductor decided he liked Brahms 4 with an (unwritten and unauthorized) repeat? Or the Tchaikovsky symphonies? If we start dismissing the composer's wishes as "ill-advised", where do we end?
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