Antonin Dvorak

    Antonín Dvořák was a Czech composer who frequently used rhythms and aspects of folk music from Moravia and Bohemia. Dvořák was gifted from an early age, displaying his talent as an apt violin student from age six. His international reputation was launched with his Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, praised by Berlin music critic Louis Ehlert in 1878. Dvořák's first piece of religious music, his setting of Stabat Mater, was performed in Prague in 1880, which led to successful performances in London and the United States. He moved to the United States in 1892 and became the director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York City. He wrote his most famous works, Symphony From the New World and his Cello Concerto, while in America. He returned to Bohemia in 1895. Among his smaller works, the seventh Humoresque and the song Songs My Mother Taught Me are widely performed and recorded.

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