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He stayed true to his Slavic background mining Slavic music for new and attractive forms of musical composition and drew his inspiration from Moravia, Slovakia, Poland, and Russia. For these reasons, Anton Dvorak is known as the world's most played Czech composer of all time. He is praised for his inventiveness and the unique beauty of his melodies. In the face of adversary, Dvorak strove for success even when it seemed too difficult (Anton Dvorak: Complete Works).

3 รป The statement "Music is not only entertainment," means that music has the capability to transmit more than just pleasures and amusements. It means that music has the capacity to be intellectual. For Richard Wagner artists who produced music solely to entertain were not true artists. Wagner's music forced his audience to become intellectually involved in his operas in order for them to grasp what was occurring. Through a melding of leitmotifs, the composer sought to ascribe certain musical expressions to certain things within the opera such as the ring or Valhalla. This meant that when his audience heard a particular leitmotif they would connect the music with the particular thing ascribed to it without having to see that thing on stage. In this way Wagner used music to show action. Through leitmotifs he expressed that certain things were present or at work, even if the audience could not view those things directly.

Music can also transmit political and social ideas. For instance, in Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutti the representation of Turks is one of dangerous eroticism and contempt. This characterization provides a glimpse into the prejudices of Viennese society when Mozart composed. Emerging social trends such as Freudian psychoanalysis are clearly present in Strauss' Elektra and Salome. As a transmitter of political ideas, Beethoven's Fidelio comes to mind. Its political spirit


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