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(1841 - 1904)
||Born 8 September in Nelahozeves, Bohemia; the son of the village innkeeper and butcher|
||Sings in choir and plays violin at local functions|
||Sent to nearby town of Zlonice for lessons in German and music|
||Enters Organ School in Prague|
||Joins orchestra of Prague National Opera, playing the viola; befriended by the conductor Smetana|
||Marries his pupil Anna Cermáková and begins serious composition|
||Befriended by Brahms, and gains fame with Slavonic Dances|
||Becomes first director of National Conservatory of Music in New York. Remains in U.S. for 3 years|
||Appointed director of the Prague Conservatory|
||Dies in Prague, 1 May|