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Antonín Dvořák 
1841 - 1904

Bohemian (Czech) composer. As the son of a farmer and butcher, he was allowed to attend the organ school in Prague in 1857.


He played the viola in a theater orchestra under the Czech composer Bedrich Smetana, and finally found a permanent job that gave him plenty of time to compose.


Johannes Brahms helped publish Dvorák's works, and by 1880 his fame had spread across Europe.


As director of the new New York National Conservatory of Music (1892-95) he composed the symphony From the New World (1893), his most famous work, which is believed to be based on black spirituals and other American influences.


His music often draws on folk tunes and is considered an expression of Czech nationalism. He is very productive and best known for his orchestral and chamber music compositions.

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