Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Op. 10
The 19th-century world of symphonic writing was often a competitive, make-or-break sort of world, and for the 32-year old Dvorak, he was able to make it in that world with his Third Symphony. The Symphony No. 3 by Dvorak was really the first of his large-scale works to show not only the promise of a bright future, but more or less a guarantee for it. Dvorak had two solid endorsements to back this up, too: Bedrich Smetena conducted the premiere of the third Symphony, and Brahms advocated for the work when Dvorak submitted it to the Austrian Commission for the State Music Prize, which the elder composer served on.