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Dvoøák composed a triptych of overtures in 1891, which he originally conceived as a set to be titled "Nature, Life, and Love." The three overtures were to form, collectively, his Opus 91. Later, he decided to give the overtures separate titles and opus numbers. Of the three, the Carnival Overture is the most frequently performed.
Symphony No. 9, "From the New World," Dvoøák's most popular symphony, is also his most debated; the question being just how "American" the work actually is. Dvoøák began to sketch ideas for the symphony in December of 1892, while he was in New York as the director of the short-lived National Conservatory. He realized that the American press and public wanted him to show them a "national music," and he aroused a great deal of attention for the Ninth Symphony by making comments to the New York press in which he linked the future of American music to the Negro melody. While there is some basis for hearing ethnic influence in the melodies of the symphony, its overall framework remains characteristic of the Czech composer.