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Re: Repeats in Dvorak Symphonies
Dear Chris, no need for any reductio ad absurdum on my account! "Ill-advisedly" is a personal view, as you suggest. Composers are not unfailingly the best judge of their own scores, as is surely universally agreed. Divergences from a composer's written or anecdotal wishes, sometimes substantial, occur in virtually every recording or performance without too much eyelid batting. Playing a section that the composer once allowed but then changed his mind about is (obviously, I thought) not the same as adding bits in that were never there in the first place. I imagine that those conductors who keep the Sixth's repeat in feel, like I do, that it improves the scale of the work. AD himself must have thought that to begin with.
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