(1841 - 1904)  Dvorak's early musical activities were as an organist and violist in his Czech homeland.  He received encouragement from Smetana, and soon after from Brahms, who helped him secure publication of his works.  Many of his best known compositions are inspired by folk music.  Though he never quotes folk music directly, he absorbed the idiom and captured the color and emotion of it in his music.

He became widely popular in England, and later in America, where he wrote several of his best known works.  These include Symphony no 9 "From the New World", String Quartet no 12 "American", and the Cello Concerto.  Other important works include the two sets of Slavonic Dances, the Violin Concerto, his Stabat Mater, and the Carnival Overture.
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steven - 22 Sep 2009