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Antonin Dvorak (Portrait of Antonin Dvorak)

Antonín Dvorák

Antonín Dvorák , born on September 8, 1841 in a small town near Prague, is known to be one of the greatest Czech composers, noted for his attractive melodic compositions and the brilliance of his orchestration. At the age of 16 he studied at the Prague Organ School. There, he was introduced to the works of past great masters as well as to composers such as Robert Schumann and Richard Wagner. In 1861 Dvorák joined the National Theatre in Prague as a violist. During this time he wrote many compositions, but not until 1873 with a performance of his grand patriotic work Hymnus for chorus and orchestra, did he achieve recognition.

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Understanding the Music: Dvorák's Larghetto from Serenade in E major for String Orchestra, Op. 22

National Symphony Orchestra Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl discusses Dvorák's Larghetto from Serenade in E major for String Orchestra, Op. 22.

Watch an excerpt of Dvorák's Serenade in E major for String Orchestra

From the National Symphony Orchestra: 2011-2012 Season Preview Concert with Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl.

Inside the NSO: A rehearsal of Dvorák’s Symphony No. 7


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