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Antonin Dvorak

Born on September 8th, 1841, Dvorak entered a world where the romantic era was already well set. Thankfully, his parents,a modest village couple, discovered their son’s musical abilities at the very young age of six, where he was quickly sent tostudy music at the local village school. He would later venture into more professional tidings within the city of Prague, wherehe studied the viola, and played for the Bohemian Provisional Theater Orchestra, which had its own lengthy relationship withit’s conductor, Bedrich Smetana; a later influence on Dvorak’s musical style. Feeling press ...read more

Born on September 8th, 1841, Dvorak entered a world where the romantic era was already well set. Thankfully, his parents,a modest village couple, discovered their son’s musical abilities at the very young age of six, where he was quickly sent tostudy music at the local village school. He would later venture into more professional tidings within the city of Prague, wherehe studied the viola, and played for the Bohemian Provisional Theater Orchestra, which had its own lengthy relationship withit’s conductor, Bedrich Smetana; a later influence on Dvorak’s musical style. Feeling pressured, both financially andpersonally, he quit the orchestra to pursue a career in composition in 1871, after nearly a decade submerged below theconfinement of the performing lifestyle.

Rather quickly, Dvorak soon embedded himself within the claws of romantic composition. He became very successfulthroughout the 1870’s, both in Europe and England, chiefly in London. His success can be found deep inside his Czech roots,which tatter themselves throughout his music, his 9 symphonies, and in particular his “Slavonic Dances.” The sound createdby much or his work strikes a direct affiliation between the wood grain of the Bohemian countryside and his earlier influencessuch as Ludwig van Beethoven, and the later Bedrich Smetana.

After sometime composing, and sometimes performing, Dvorak settled himself on the bedrock of the New World between theyears of 1892-1985. It was here that he was to compose perhaps his most treasured work, Symphony No. 9 in E minor, morecommonly known as “Symphony From the New World.” Preceding this milestone, he ventured into the heart of the country,along the way gathering many musical influences, from the tribal Amerindian folklore, to Nergo melodic tunes. Both of theseforces would play a major part in all his further composition. Despite being very successful in the United States, he dearlymissed his homeland, and decided to return.

As always, his success wasn’t damaged by his shift, and he quickly regained his loyal fan base, while assembling others alongthe way. Completing his musical journey, Dvorak decided to explore the opera, and chamber music. Like other things, he didwell in these two genres. His opera “Rusalka,” the most well known of the ten he composed, and his Cello Concerto in Bminor were held to high critical acclaim from both his fans, and fellow counterparts. He continued his composition until hisdeath.

Antonin Dvorak died on May 1st, 1904. He left behind a legacy for all future Czech composers, particularly that of his son inlaw, Josef Suk, who payed tribute to him (and his daughter) in his “Symphony in C minor,” with the subtitle “Asrael”(angel of death). His music can be found in between the boundaries of the great Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and theearlier romantic heavy-weights Anton Bruckner, and Franz Liszt, while at the same time managing to track acourse of its own. « hide

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Cello Concerto, Op.104
1895

4.2
3 Votes
8 Humoresques for piano, Op. 101
1894

4.8
3 Votes
Symphony No.9, Op.95
1893

4.5
78 Votes
String Quartet No. 12 ("The American")
1893

4.3
4 Votes
The Carnival Overture, Op. 92, B. 169
1892

4
4 Votes
Requiem in B flat minor, Op. 89
1890

4.6
5 Votes
Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88
1889

4.5
2 Votes
Slavonic Dances No. 2, Op. 72, B 145
1886

4.1
10 Votes
Symphony No.7
1885

4.5
2 Votes
"Husitska" (Hussite Overture), Op.
1883

2.8
2 Votes
Symphony No. 6 in D Major, Op. 60
1880

3.8
3 Votes
Slavonic Dances No. 1, Op. 46, B 78
1878

3.7
7 Votes
Stabat Mater, Op.58
1877

4
1 Votes
Serenade for Strings
1876

4.4
7 Votes
Symphony No. 5 in F major, Op. 76
1875

5
1 Votes
Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 10
1874

4.4
4 Votes
Symphony No.4 in D minor, Op.13
1874

5
1 Votes
Symphony No.2, Op.4
1866

4.7
3 Votes
Symphony No.1, B.9
1865

4.5
3 Votes

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