Antonín Dvořák

Composer

1841 – 1904

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Who was Antonín Dvořák?

Antonín Leopold Dvořák was a Czech composer. Following the nationalist example of Bedřich Smetana, Dvořák frequently employed aspects, specifically rhythms, of the folk music of Moravia and his native Bohemia. Dvořák's own style has been described as 'the fullest recreation of a national idiom with that of the symphonic tradition, absorbing folk influences and finding effective ways of using them'.

Dvořák displayed his musical gifts at an early age, being an apt student of violin playing from age 6. The first public performances of his works were in Prague in 1872 and, with special success, in 1873, when he was age 31. Seeking recognition beyond the Prague area, he first submitted a score of his First Symphony to a prize competition in Germany, but he did not win, and the manuscript, not returned, was lost until rediscovered many years later. Then in 1874 he first made a submission for the Austrian State Prize for Composition, including scores of three further symphonies and other works. Brahms, unbeknownst to Dvořák, was the leading member of the jury and was highly impressed.

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Born
Sep 8, 1841
Nelahozeves
Also known as
  • Dvořák, Antonín
  • Anton Dvorak
  • Antonin Dvorák
  • Devorak
Parents
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Catholicism
Nationality
  • Kingdom of Bohemia
Profession
Employment
  • National Conservatory of Music of America
Died
May 1, 1904
Prague
Resting place
Vyšehrad cemetery

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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