Antonín Dvořák is undoubtedly the best-known Czech classical music composer. During his life, he wrote a large number of compositions with various forms. His most popular work, which has been performed countless times the world over, is Symphony No. 9 "From the New World". Dvořák died relatively young, and he left numerous unfinished sketches, ranging from notated motifs to more extensive scores, completed to a varied degree. While searching through the archives of the Music Museum, we found one of such more extensive sketches, which features a relatively clear motif. One hundred and 15 years after the master's death, we decided to bring the work to completion.
To do so, we relied on an artificial intelligence system for music composition devised by AIVA Technologies, which has been used, for example, to create a composition for a symphony orchestra in Luxembourg. AIVA artificial intelligence has examined 30,000 scores written by great music masters to learn the rules of classical music. We asked the AIVA team to use its artificial intelligence solution to study Dvořák's works using the machine learning process. AIVA employs a neuron network that functions together with a complex musical modeling system that combines melodies, rhythms, and tempos with musical and emotional patterns. AIVA is not only about notation, but also about broader musical implications. After about a month of "virtual study" of all available works of the Czech master, we fed the score for Dvořák's unfinished composition into the system.
And lo and behold, AIVA was able to complete the work! It created a score for a musical composition lasting approximately five minutes. Afterward, AIVA composed two additional movements, which do not complete any of Dvořák's sketches, but extend his original work based on compositional and motivic development patterns the system learned in studying the composer's works.
Hence, the collaboration with AIVA Technologies has produced a composition with three movements, each lasting about five minutes. We named the work "From The Future World" in reference to Dvořák's popular composition "From The New World". Just as Dvořák composed his Ninth Symphony in expectation of the New World and a new life on another continent, we have completed one of his works with similar expectations and paid homage to him using state-of-the-art technologies.
The composition will be presented to music professionals on several occasions, such as a press conference held in March and during events planned to take place in June. The process will culminate with a concert in Rudolfinum on 15 November 2019. The composition will be performed by the PKF – Prague Philharmonia conducted by its chief conductor Emmanuel Villaume.