The Contribution Of Antonin Dvo ?� Ak ( 1841-1904 )

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Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904) was one of the most versatile and prolific composers of the nineteenth century, reaching into almost all genres of music from piano miniatures to comprehensively conceived vocal-orchestra compositions. His output encompasses nine symphonies and fifty-five other orchestral pieces, eleven opera, eleven works for chorus and orchestra, nine small choral works, thirty-five sets of songs and duets, fifty-five chamber works for various combinations of instruments, and thirty-two sets of short pieces for piano. In each of these areas he created works that can be considered masterpieces in their genre.
Dvořák was arguably the foremost representative of Czech culture in an international context. His music captured the interest and attention of composers abroad—such as Brahms, Mahler, Sullivan and Tchaikovsky—and it opened the way for him to conduct and teach abroad in England, Germany, Hungary, Austria, Russia and the United States of America. During his lifetime, he was already widely esteemed as one of the leading composers of his era generally and, in particular, as an innovative composer of large-scale choral works and chamber music. In the realm of symphonic music, his contemporaries called him a successor to Beethoven, and by the end of his life, many regarded him as one of the greatest living composers.
Dvořák did not come from a wealthy family, nor did he come from a family of professional musicians. He was born on September, 8 1841 into…

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