Dvorak

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Dvorak

Dvorak

Antonin Dvorak was born in Nelahozeves on September 8, 1841. Dvorak was one of the
greatest of the Czech composers. He grew up with an appreciation of local folk songs and
demonstrated a talent for music at an early age. His first experience with music was of a
violinist and violist. He got the attention of Johannes Brahms with his Moravian Duets and
soon won a competition in Vienna that he would have never won if it had not been for the
insistence of Brahms. Since his patriotic composition, Hymnus, was so popular in 1873, he
decided to dedicate himself to composing and teaching music.

Unlike most of the contemporaries, Dvorak was not a pianist/composer. His compositions for
the piano are rare. His piano compositions have a quality that makes them both beautiful
and powerful. Someone said that they are much like a jewel: they are revered by those who
appreciate the beauty of their shape, the smoothly polished surface, and the glow that
comes from within.

As his fame spread throughout Europe, it spread to the United States as well. He was
invited in 1892 to the National Conservatory in New York City where he became the artistic
director. At the time, he was earning a little less than $500 a month as a professor at
the Prague Conservatory. When he took the job at the National Conservatory, he made a
salary of $15,000 a year. He served at the Conservatory for three years and wrote some of
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