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Vítezslav Novák

Vítezslav Novák

The Composer

The great Czech conductor Václav Talich (1883-1961) praised Vítězslav Novák as the “greatest landscape painter of Czech music.” Novák, who had a very ambitious beginning as a composer, studied with Antonín Dvorák and showed a master’s touch initially in a more moderate style characterized by a national tint and extremely skilled craftsmanship. His passion for the folk music of his country was ignited in 1896 during a stay in Valachia and found an outlet in many of his compositions. His fame spread after the turn of the century when his name became synonymous in Prague with progressive composition. His most successful symphonic poem, In the Tatras, op.26, originated in 1901, ...


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