Women Composers

Composers from Czech Republic

Antonin Dvorák

September 08, 1841 -

Romantic Period

Antonin Dvorak was born in a village just north of Prague. He was the oldest of nine children. His father was a butcher who wanted Antonin to become a butcher, too. But, when he saw how musical Antonin was, he made sure he got a good music education, including violin and organ lessons.

Dvorak got a job as a church organist, but what he really wanted to do was compose. So he entered his compositions in a government-sponsored contest and won! The prize money allowed Dvorak to quit his church job, and made him well known as a composer.

In spite of the fact that he never took composition lessons, Dvorak taught composition at the Prague Conservatory. And he also taught in New York City for a couple of years. The last of Dvorak's nine symphonies was written in the United States, and is nicknamed for the fact that it hails "From the New World."

 


Bedrich Smetana

March 02, 1824 -

Romantic Period

Bedrich Smetana was a Czech composer whose music mimicked his country's revolutionary spirit. He was born in 1824 in a city near Prague and gave his first public performance at age 6. He completed his musical education under the supervision of his cousin and started playing many private events and soirees in Pilsen. In 1948 he opened his own music school which became popular among Prague's music scene, and was attended by Franz Liszt and Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I. He continued to compose, especially operas, which were highly nationalistic. He died in 1884 in poor health.

 


Women Composers

Composers from Czech Republic

Antonin Dvorák

September 08, 1841 -

Romantic Period

Antonin Dvorak was born in a village just north of Prague. He was the oldest of nine children. His father was a butcher who wanted Antonin to become a butcher, too. But, when he saw how musical Antonin was, he made sure he got a good music education, including violin and organ lessons.

Dvorak got a job as a church organist, but what he really wanted to do was compose. So he entered his compositions in a government-sponsored contest and won! The prize money allowed Dvorak to quit his church job, and made him well known as a composer.

In spite of the fact that he never took composition lessons, Dvorak taught composition at the Prague Conservatory. And he also taught in New York City for a couple of years. The last of Dvorak's nine symphonies was written in the United States, and is nicknamed for the fact that it hails "From the New World."

 


Bedrich Smetana

March 02, 1824 -

Romantic Period

Bedrich Smetana was a Czech composer whose music mimicked his country's revolutionary spirit. He was born in 1824 in a city near Prague and gave his first public performance at age 6. He completed his musical education under the supervision of his cousin and started playing many private events and soirees in Pilsen. In 1948 he opened his own music school which became popular among Prague's music scene, and was attended by Franz Liszt and Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I. He continued to compose, especially operas, which were highly nationalistic. He died in 1884 in poor health.

 


 

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