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Antonin Dvorák:
About Antonin Dvorák

At the time when Czech composer Antonin Dvorak was born, the Czech people had no country of their own. The regions where they lived -- Bohemia and Moravia -- were part of the Austrian Empire. Dvorak wrote a lot of Czech-sounding compositions, but hardly ever used any actual folk melodies in his music.

Music heard in this episode:
Dvorak: Slavonic Dance Op. 72, #1
Dvorak: Serenade for Winds
Dvorak: Carnival Overture
Dvorak: Symphony #4
Dvorak: Slavonic Dance Op. 46, #6
Dvorak: Slavonic Dance Op. 72, #7
Dvorak: Slavonic Rhapsody #3
Dvorak: Humoreske
Dvorak: Symphony #9

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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."

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This Week's Quiz:

1. Dvorak was born near what city?





2.Dvorak never actually studied musical composition.



3. Which of Dvorak's compositions were especially popular?

Slavonic Dances





Antonin Dvorák
Slavonic Dance No. 7

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

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