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Antonín Dvořák

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Nelahozeves, Czechia (1841 – 1904)

Antonín Leopold Dvořák (1841–1904) was a Czech composer of romantic music, who employed the idioms and melodies of the folk music of Moravia and his native Bohemia. His works include operas, symphonic, choral and chamber music. His best-known works include his symphonic works (above all “New World Symphony”), Slavonic Dances, String Quartets, Concertos for cello (Concerto in B minor) and violin, oratorial compositions Requiem, Stabat Mater and Te Deum.

Dvořák was born on 8th September 1841 in Nelahozeves, Czechia, near Prague, where he spent most of his life. He studied music in Prague’s only Organ School at the end of the 1850s, and slowly developed himself as an accomplished violinist and violist. Throughout the 1860s he played viola in the Bohemian Provisional Theater Orchestra, which was from 1866 conducted by Bedřich Smetana. The need to supplement his income by teaching left Dvořák with limited free time, and in 1871 he gave up the orchestra in order to compose. He fell in love with one of his pupils and wrote a song cycle, Cypress Trees, expressing his anguish at her marriage to another man. However, he soon overcame his despondency, and in 1873 married her sister, Anna Čermáková.

In 1891 he wrote the famous Requiem Mass, similarly as Stabat Mater and Te Deum his major sacred work. Composition is a reflection of generally alarming questions of human being. The opus shows much of the tonal colour, original instrumentation, impressiveness and purity of composer´s mature work.

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  • Jinxiyu

    He looks like Amanda Seyfried. [3]

    2 Aug 3:11am Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    He looks like Amanda Seyfried. [2]

    1 Jul 11:50pm Reply
  • Cranigen

    v immortal comment

    22 Jun 7:58am Reply
  • I0000days

    He looks like Amanda Seyfried.

    21 Jun 9:23pm Reply
  • bl4kr4bb1t

    I love his Requiem. So majestic and charming.

    19 May 12:36am Reply
  • hundlord

    Shit vad jag är dålig i magen

    21 Apr 8:29am Reply
  • althefknamsrtkn

    "He fell in love with one of his pupils and wrote a song cycle, Cypress Trees, expressing his anguish at her marriage to another man. However, he soon overcame his despondency, and in 1873 married her sister, Anna Čermáková." There ya go.

    6 Apr 9:49pm Reply
  • Harry_01

    Symphony No. 9 is really amazing. I love it.

    7 Mar 8:52am Reply
  • I0000days

    Piano Trio No. 3 :3

    2 Feb 10:59am Reply
  • KeIemvor

    v or they listen to christmas music instead...

    18 Jan 9:14pm Reply
  • Murdoc_Niccals

    @luisehc every artist chart has dropping tendency in last weeks of every year. i think it's because of Christmas - people just spend more time with their relatives than listening to music.

    18 Jan 10:17am Reply
  • luisehc

    That chart calls my attention. Do people tend to stop listening to Dvořák during the last two weeks of the year?

    15 Jan 12:42pm Reply
  • ballseven

    Humoresque <3

    6 Jan 8:55pm Reply
  • SoporAeternus-

    Genius! True Genius!

    5 Jan 6:52pm Reply
  • Kilgorer

    forget the symphonies, the cello concerto op.104 is where its all at!

    12 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Harry_01

    9th symphony is just too beautiful. [3] Oh yes.

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Torelli

    Czechia and Czech composers groups

    27 Nov 2013 Reply
  • CosmicPi

    Brilliant man.

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • bobidou23

    THE PIANO QUINTET! AAAHHHHHH.... so perfect. I'm sorry, but I it merits the capslock.

    15 Oct 2013 Reply
  • SiikTh

    9th > 8th > 7th > all other classical music. greatest composer of all time

    29 Jul 2013 Reply
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