Anton Dvorak

 Antonín Leopold Dvořák was a Czech composer. Following the nationalist example of Bedřich Smetana, Dvořák frequently employed features 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'.

Born in Nelahozeves, Dvořák displayed his musical gifts at an early age. His first surviving work, Forget-Me-Not Polka in C was written possibly as early as 1855. He graduated from the organ school in Prague in 1859. In the 1860s, he played as a violist in the Bohemian Provisional Theater Orchestra and taught piano lessons. In 1873, he married Anna Čermáková, and left the orchestra to pursue another career as a church organist. He wrote several compositions during this period. Dvořák's music attracted the interest of Johannes Brahms, who assisted his career; he was also supported by the critics Eduard Hanslick and Louis Ehlert.

After the premiere of his cantata Stabat Mater, Dvořák visited the United Kingdom and became popular there; his Seventh Symphony was written for London. After a brief conducting stint in Russia in 1890, Dvořák was appointed as a professor at the Prague Conservatory in 1891. In 1892, Dvořák moved to the United States and became the director of the National Conservatory of Music of America in New York City, where he also composed. However, shortfalls in payment of his salary, along with increasing recognition in Europe and an onset of homesickness made him decide to return to Bohemia. From 1895 until his death, he composed mainly operatic and chamber music. At his death, he left several unfinished works.


Santa Barbara Symphony: Dvorak & Shostakovich 05/17/2014 8:00PM
Granada Theatre - Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Concert
Santa Barbara Symphony: Dvorak & Shostakovich 05/18/2014 3:00PM
Granada Theatre - Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Concert
Florida Chamber Music Project: Piazzolla & Dvorak 06/08/2014 3:00PM
Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Ponte Vedra Beach
Concert
All Dvorak Program 07/11/2014 8:30PM
Tanglewood Music Center, Lenox
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