Antonin Dvorak – 1841

dvorakDvořák 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. Click here to learn more.

Dvorak’s popular piece is the “New World Symphony”. Click here for piano music.

Listen to Dvorak’s music.

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