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DVORAK, Antonin
b Nelahozeves, Bohemia, 8 September 1841
d Prague, 1 May 1904, aged sixty-two

His father, a village butcher and publican, had an interest in music and played the zither. Dvorak studied singing, violin, piano and organ. When he was sixteen he went to Prague to study, and in order to earn money he played viola in cafes and the organ in a mental asylum. In 1862 Smetana started to establish the National Theatre of Prague, and Dvorak joined it as a viola player and stayed for about ten years. He left to take a position as a church organist, which gave him more time for composition. He was much encouraged by Brahms. From 1892 to 1895 he was in New York as head of the National Conservatory; then he returned to Prague where, a few years later, he became head of the Conservatory there.

1857-9 (16-18)

Mass in Bb major

1861 (20)

String Quintet in A minor

1862 (21)

String Quartet No 1 in A major

1865 (24)

Symphony No 1 in C minor

Symphony No 2 in Bb major

Cello Concerto in A major

Clarinet Quintet

The Cypresses, ten love songs for string quartet, later for voice and piano

1870 (29)

Alfred, song with piano

Dramatic (Tragic)


Notturno, in B major, for strings

String Quartet in Bb major

String Quartet in D major

String Quartet in E minor

1871 (30)

King and Charcoal Burner, opera (1st version)

Rosmarine, songs with piano

Overture in F major

Piano Trios, No 1 and 2

Cello Sonata

1872 (31)

Patriotic Hymn

May Night, nocturne for orchestra

Piano Quintet in A major

1873 (32)

Symphony No 3 in Eb major

Romance, for violin and orchestra

String Quartet in F minor

String Quartet in A minor

Octet, Serenade

Violin Sonata in A minor

1874 (33)

Symphony No 4 in D minor

Rhapsody for Orchestra, in A minor

String Quartet in A minor

1875 (34)

Symphony No 5 in F major (old numbering: No 3)

Serenade for Strings, in E major

String Quintet, with double-bass, in G major

Piano Quartet in D major

Piano Trio in Bb major

Moravian Vocal Duets

1876 (35)

Piano Concerto in G minor

Stabat Mater

String Quartet in E major

Piano Trio in G minor

Four Songs for mixed choir

1877 (36)

The Cunning Peasant, opera

Symphonic Variations for orchestra

String Quartet in D minor

1878 (37)

Slavonic Dances, for orchestra (first series)

Slavonic Rhapsodies, for orchestra

Serenade in D minor, for orchestra

String Sextet in A major

Bagatelles for two violins, cello and harmonium (or piano)

1879 (38)

Violin Concerto in A minor (1879-80)

Festival March

Czech Suite, in D major

Mazurka for violin and orchestra

String Quartet in Eb major

Polonaise in Eb major

1880 (39)

Symphony No 6 in D major (old numbering: No 1)

Violin Sonata in F major

Seven Gipsy Songs

1881 (40)

Legends, for orchestra

String Quartet in C major

1882 (41)

My horn e, overture

1883 (42)

Husitska, overture

Scherzo Capriccioso for orchestra

Piano Trio in F minor

1885 (44)

Symphony No 7 in D minor (old numbering: No 2)

The Spectre's Bride, cantata

1886 (45)

Slavonic Dances, for orchestra (second series)

St Ludmila, oratorio

1887 (46)

Piano Quintet in A major

Piano Quartet in Eb major

Terzetto for two violins and viola

1889 (48)

Symphony No 8 in G major (old numbering: No 4)

1890 (49)

Gavotte for three violins

Dumka, for piano trio (189(}1)

1891 (50)

Nature, Life and Love, cycle of overtures:

'Amid Nature'


'Othello' (1891-2)

Rondo for cello and orchestra

Forest Calm, for cello and orchestra

1892 (51)

Te Deum

1893 (52)

Symphony No 9 in E minor, From the New World (old numbering: No 5)

String Quartet in F major, American

String Quintet in Eb major

1895 (54)

Suite for orchestra

Cello Concerto in B minor

String Quartet in Ab major

String Quartet in G major

1896 (55)

Four Symphonic Poems:

'The Watersprite'

'The Noonday Witch'

'The Wood Dove'

'The Golden Spinning-wheel'

1897 (56)

'Heroic Song'

1901 (60)

fp Rusalka, opera

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