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Mit der 9. Sinfonie op. 95 „Aus der Neuen Welt“, die Dvořák bereits im Mai 1893 in New York vollendet hatte, verbindet das Quartett der „amerikanische“ Einschlag der Gedanken und die sehr klare, plastische und verhältnismäßig einfache formale Anordnung.

I'm not even sure what the subject is. Normally I expect Subject+ verbindet + akusativ + mit etwas. What links what and what in this sentence ?

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The sentence is in bad style and has a misleading structure. The structure is as follows:

Mit [der 9 Sinfonie]1 ... verbindet [das Quartett]2 [der "amerikanische" Einschlag ... und die einfache ... Anordnung]3.

while 3 is the subject [!] in Nominativ, 1 is the Dativ-object which is demanded by the verb "verbinden mit" and 2 is the Akkusativ-object demanded by "verbinden". The word-order might suggest that 3 was an object, but this is misleading and the sentence is inapprehensible for germans as well.

So the meaning of the sentence is aproximately

The 9th sinfony "from the New World" (which Dvořák already had finished in May 1983 in New York) and the quartet share the "american" style of motives and the very clear, plastic and relatively simple formal order.

  • Excellent, thanks! This sentence was taken from wikipedia, I expect every sentence there to be written in the most rigorous german. I was mistaken :P – Tung Nguyen Mar 6 '17 at 0:38
  • I like it how you used the words very clear, plastic and relatively simple formal order. to translate this horrifying monster of a sentence. – Janka Mar 6 '17 at 0:53
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    @Janka Yeah, maybe the WP-author was making a rather advanced joke in contradicting the content of the sentence - simplicity of formal forder - with their own language describing this simplicity. – jonathan.scholbach Mar 6 '17 at 1:03

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