Donald Macleod explores Dvořák's long and frustrating career as a theatre composer, and discovers a wealth of great music rarely heard outside the composer's Bohemian homeland. Dvořák's earliest attempts at opera were not at all successful, but he couldn't shake the opera bug and determined to struggle on, even if that meant re-composing an entire music drama from scratch.
As he reached his maturity, Dvořák's determination to become a great opera composer finally began to pay off. His public, though, were clamouring for more and more concert music. Dvořák meanwhile struggled to find international recognition for his beloved theatre music. In his final years he devoted himself to it as never before, producing his very best work for the stage.
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