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Antonin Dvorak was the greatest Bohemian composer and one of the leading masters of symphonic and chamber music of the late 19th century. Dvorak displayed unusual musical talent at an early age and learned to play the violin from the local schoolmaster. At age 16 he went to Prague to study organ and composition, supporting himself as a violist and piano teacher. His first successful composition was Hymnus (1873), a patriotic choral work. His fame grew steadily--in part owing to encouragement from Johannes Brahms and Franz Liszt--and after the publication of the first set of his Slavonic Dances (1878), Dvorak enjoyed wide popularity. Brahms befriended him and enabled his music to be performed and published in Germany....
 
 
Antonin Dvorak was the greatest Bohemian composer and one of the leading masters of symphonic and chamber music of the late 19th century. Dvorak displayed unusual musical talent at an early age and learned to play the violin from the local schoolmaster. At age 16 he went to Prague to study organ and composition, supporting himself as a violist and piano teacher. His first successful composition was Hymnus (1873), a patriotic choral work. His fame grew steadily--in part owing to encouragement from Johannes Brahms and Franz Liszt--and after the publication of the first set of his Slavonic Dances (1878), Dvorak enjoyed wide popularity. Brahms befriended him and enabled his music to be performed and published in Germany....

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