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Antonin Dvorák:
Dances from Czech Neighbors

Antonin Dvorak's Slavonic Dances are based on dance forms from his country, which is now known as the Czech Republic. Listen to some dances from neighboring European countries.

Music heard in this episode:
Dvorak: Slavonic Dance Op. 46, #1
Smetana: Stepping Dance
Haydn: Symphony #104
Lanner: Neue Wiener Laendler
Bartok: Roumanian Dances
Chopin: Mazurka
Chopin: Military Polonaise
Mussorgsky: Sorochintsy Fair - Gopak
Beethoven: German Dance #1
Beethoven: Contradance #7
Beethoven: Creatures of Prometheus
Beethoven: Symphony #3

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About Antonin Dvorák
Composers Who Visited America
Music Nationalism circa 1848
Other Musical Nationalism

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About Antonin Dvorák
9/8/1841 - 5/1/1904
Born in Czech Republic

Antonin Dvorak was born in a village just north of Prague. He was the oldest of nine children. His father was a butcher who wanted Antonin to become a butcher, too. But, when he saw how musical Antonin was, he made sure he got a good music education, including violin and organ lessons.

Dvorak got a job as a church organist, but what he really wanted to do was compose. So he entered his compositions in a government-sponsored contest and won! The prize money allowed Dvorak to quit his church job, and made him well known as a composer.

In spite of the fact that he never took composition lessons, Dvorak taught composition at the Prague Conservatory. And he also taught in New York City for a couple of years. The last of Dvorak's nine symphonies was written in the United States, and is nicknamed for the fact that it hails "From the New World."

See other composers born in Czech Republic


This Week's Quiz:

1. Dvorak didn't put actual folk melodies into his pieces, but he did use forms and rhythms from folk dances.



2.Which composer used a contradance in some of his works?





3. Who wrote the “Military Polonaise,” a dance with the name of the country Poland hidden in it?






Antonin Dvorák
Slavonic Dance No. 7

Composed in 1878
Performed by Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Zdenek Kosler, conductor

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