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Antonín Dvořák

Antonín Dvořák
Antonín Leopold Dvořák (1841 – 1904) was a Czech composer who frequently employed aspects of the folk music of Moravia and his native Bohemia in his works. Dvořák served as the director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York City from 1892-1895. His New World Symphony, composed during his stay in the United States, is said to incorporate themes and rhythms of Native American music and Negro spirituals. This symphony, along with his Cello Concerto and Slavonic Dances, remain among his most popular works. Dvořák also composed eight other symphonies, numerous symphonic poems, a piano concerto and violin concerto, chamber works, sacred pieces, songs, solo piano pieces, and operas.

"Our Heaven Born Banner," by William Bauly (1861), inspired by Joseph Rodman Drake's poem, "The American Flag" Editor's Note: Antonín Dvořák wrote the cantata "The American Flag" in 1892-3, during the Czech composer's tenure as director of...