New World Symphony Composer Antonin Dvorak

The famous Czech composer of Romantic music.

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Join our guide to discover sites connected with the great Czech composer of Romantic music, Antonin Dvorak. We will show you his private effects and the table at which he composed. Let us go to see the countryside where he often stayed and helped inspire his music, especially the famous opera Rusalka.
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Antonin Dvorák was the greatest Bohemian composer and one of the leading masters of symphonic and chamber music of the late 19th century. Dvorák displayed unusual musical talent at an early age and learned to play the violin from the local schoolmaster. At age 16 he went to Prague to study organ and composition, supporting himself as a violist and piano teacher.
A prolific composer, Dvorak worked in all forms, and his music has a spontaneous freshness that sometimes conceals the skill of its construction. He was a melodist of genius and a superb orchestrator, and, like Brahms, cultivated the traditional classical forms. Although Dvorak is best known for his orchestral music--which includes nine symphonies, several overtures and symphonic poems, the Slavonic Rhapsodies, the Scherzo Capriccioso, and many other works--much of his finest music is found in his string quartets and other chamber works, particularly the Piano Quintet in A and the Humoresque (1894). Most of his songs have the flavor of Czech folk melody, which is also present--if more subtly--in his other music. Among his choral works are the Stabat Mater (1877), Requiem (1890), and Te Deum (1892); his operas include Vanda (1875), The Jacobin (1887-88), Rusalka (1901), and Armida (1902-3).

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