Along with Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák is perhaps the best known Czech composer. Contemporary accounts from the time of his life show that it was not just Dvořák’s music that made an impression on people, but his character as well.
The musical legacy of Antonín Dvořák is one of the bastions of European cultural heritage. During his lifetime the composer became one of Europe’s most important symphonists and writers of oratorios and chamber works. From the 1880s onwards his music was performed by leading artists in the most celebrated venues of Europe, the United States, Canada, Russia and Australia. Towards the end of his life Dvořák was frequently described as the world’s greatest living composer.