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Antonín Dvořák

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A famous Czech composer, one of the founders of Czech modern music, together with Bedřich Smetana.


He was born in 1841 in Nelahozeves near Prague. He is the most frequently played Czech musical composer worldwide. He wrote a total of 9 symphonies, the most famous of these is Symphony No. 9 in E Minor From the New World, which is one of the most important works of this type in musical history. He is also the author of ten operas, the most popular of which are Rusalka, The Jacobin and The Devil and Kate. He also worked on other musical forms, from piano (Waltzes, Humoresques, Slavic Dances) and string music, through songs and choirs, chamber music and concerts, oratorios (Saint Ludmila) to cantatas (Stabat mater, Requiem, Wedding Shirt). 

As a music pedagogue he also trained a whole generation of Czech composers, which include Josef Suk, Vítězslav Novák, Oskar Nedbal and others. He died unexpectedly on 1st May 1904. A Museum of Antonín Dvořák was opened in Prague in 1932 in his memory and houses various documents and other archival materials (autograph manuscripts, correspondence, document materials, period photographs, programmes, posters) from the life of this great composer. You can find more information x1 here x1.
Author: Ivana Jenerálová
Added: 19.02.2010

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