Antonin Dvorak (1841 – 1904) was the musically inclined son of a butcher who was born in Bohemia, now in the Czech Republic. He studied music in his little hometown of Nelahozeves and began composing soon after graduating from the only music school in Prague. Dvorak played the viola for the Bohemian Provisional Theater Orchestra and composed on the side. It wasn’t until he became the organist of the St. Adalbert’s church in Prague that he acquired the financial security to focus on his personal compositions. He was heavily influenced by traditional and folksy styles of music and found ways to engage with them in his compositions. He also began to incorporate African and Native American styles he encountered as the Director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York city, where he briefly lived before returning to Europe.
- List five of Antonin Dvorak’s opera’s that he wrote between 1870 – 1903
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