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Antonín Dvořák

Antonín Dvořák (Composer)

Born: 8th September 1841, Nelahozeves

Died: 1st May 1904, Prague

Nationality: Czech

Antonín Leopold Dvořák was a Czech composer, one of the first to achieve worldwide recognition. Following the Romantic-era nationalist example of his predecessor Bedřich Smetana, Dvořák frequently employed rhythms and other aspects 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 violin student from age six. The first public performances of his works were in Prague in 1872 and, with special success, in 1873, when he was aged 31. Seeking recognition beyond the Prague area, he submitted a score of his First Symphony to a prize competition in Germany, but did not win, and the unreturned manuscript was lost until rediscovered many decades later.

Further Reading: Dvořák

 Recording of the Week, Dvořák Quintets from the Pavel Haas Quartet, with Boris Giltburg and Pavel Nikl

James enjoys a much-anticipated new release from the Pavel Haas Quartet (and two formidable guest players): stunning performances of Dvořák's Piano Quintet op. 81 and the String Quintet op. 97.

 Recording of the Week, Jirí Belohlávek conducts Dvořák's Stabat Mater

Katherine enjoys Jirí Belohlávek's new recording of Dvořák's powerful Stabat Mater, with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Prague Philharmonic Choir.

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