and his Awe-Inspiring Compositions
was born in Nelahozeves, Bohemia in 1841 and he died in Prague in
1904. At fourteen he left home and was taught diverse musical skills
by A. Liehmann. Shortly after, he attended Organ School in Prague.
schooling, he became a viola player under the baton of Smetana.
His first major composition that achieved public success was a cantata,
Hymnus. The success of this work enabled Dvorák to give up
his viola job in favor of composing. The result was an Austrian
national prize for his Symphony in Eb.
was not only successful in his own country but in America as well.
He stayed there for three years and wrote some of his best pieces
including his New World Symphony.
the Austrian national prize that Dvorák won? Well, one of
the jury members was none other than Brahms.
Undoubtedly, Brahms recognized the emotional and intellectual power
of this upcoming young star.