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Antonin Dvorák:
Composers Who Visited America


In 1892, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's trip to the New World, a wealthy New Yorker invited Antonin Dvorak to visit America. Tchaikovsky, Albeniz, and Delius were among the other European composers who visited this country before the days of air travel.

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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. What famous piece did Dvorak write while he was in America?

Slavonic Dances

Cello Concerto

Symphony No. 9 From the New World


2.Which composer conducted at the opening of Carnegie Hall in New York City?

Tchaikovsky

Mendelssohn

Copland

Rachmaninoff


3. What composer wrote operettas along with William S. Gilbert?

Frederick Delius

Arthur Sullivan

Isaac Albeniz

Enrique Granados



 

Antonin Dvorák
Slavonic Dance No. 7


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

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