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Festival: Dvořák Prague Festival

Biography

September 4 – 20, 2020

The Dvořák Prague Festival is not only a celebration of the musical genius of Antonín Dvořák, the world’s most acclaimed Czech composer, but also an important social event. It is a showcase of outstanding performers, conductors, world famous orchestras and chamber ensembles, who congregate in Prague to present Dvořák’s music as well as works by other celebrated composers to the international audience of the Czech capital.

Since its inception, the festival has built its renown on the incontestable, time-proven quality of Dvořák’s works. The event has filled one of the last white spots on the map of today’s cultural world. In fact, it is astonishing that there had previously been no large festival celebrating Antonín Dvořák’s phenomenal creations, both through his own works and in the context of music written by other composers.

One of the most frequently-performed composers worldwide, Antonín Dvořák can be considered the foremost representative of Czech culture in an international context. During his lifetime he was already widely esteemed as one of the leading symphonists of his era and as an innovative composer of large-scale choral works and chamber music. In the realm of symphonic music his contemporaries called him a successor to Ludwig van Beethoven, and at the end of his life many regarded him as the greatest living composer. Starting in the 1880s his works were performed by many renowned artists in leading concert halls of the world.

The exceptional international popularity of Dvořák’s music is the result of its ability to communicate to all with its strong humanistic message and its inexhaustible invention in every aspect of composition. Dvořák was one of the most versatile and most prolific composers of the nineteenth century.

For full information, visit the Dvořák Prague Festival website.

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