20. Dvorak - ANTONIN DVORAK, September 8 , 1841 May 1 ,...

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Unformatted text preview: ANTONIN DVORAK, September 8 , 1841 May 1 , 1904 ) Dvorak was one of several composers from the Romantic era who let his cultural roots shine through his music. Although the structure of his music follows generally along classical lines, his rhythms and melodies seem to embody the folk traditions of his native Czechoslovakia and surrounding regions. He was born in a village near Prague where his father was a butcher. Although his early circumstances were relatively poor, he learned violin, viola, piano and organ at school . The young Dvorak was clearly very interested in music making and destined for a career in music. He later studied in Prague and there for a number of years he played viola in the Provisional Theatre Orchestra . This gave him some excellent practical experience not only in performing but in orchestral dynamics. The chief conductor of this orchestra was none other than Bedrich Smetana. Smetana was the founding father of the nationalist school of music in his country and Dvorak was to follow his example in this respect for the rest of his life....
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This note was uploaded on 08/26/2009 for the course MUS 111 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '07 term at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

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20. Dvorak - ANTONIN DVORAK, September 8 , 1841 May 1 ,...

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