Dvořák writes, “Splendidly, really splendidly. This time, too, the English again welcomed me as heartily and as demonstratively as always heretofore. The symphony was immensely successful and the next performance will be a still greater success.” Despite its immediate popular appeal, leading the work to publication turned out to be something of a nightmare. The publisher Fritz Simrock refused to print the symphony until a piano duet arrangement was available, and he refused to print the Czech “Antonín” on the cover, insisting on the German “Anton” instead. And when the publisher required that the dedication to the London Philharmonic Society would be omitted, Dvořák was not amused. He doubled the price, suggesting that other publishers would readily pay that amount. And of course, he was correct, so in the end Simrock grudgingly paid the requested 6,000 marks. The work was published as his Symphony No. 2, the second Dvořák symphony in print, even though it was already his seventh work in the genre.
Antonin Dvořák: Symphony No. 7
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