Dvorák (1841-1904) is, arguably, the greatest of the Czech composers. His music has remained popular in the concert hall ever since it was written. Despite this popularity, Dvorák was very self-conscious about his music. Being a contemporary of Brahms, not to mention his friend, it's understandable. When Dvorák composed his most ambitious symphony, No. 7, he asked his friend what he thought of it. Brahms had championed Dvorák's music since 1874 when the latter entered some scores in a competition. Brahms was equally encouraging about the Seventh, which Dvorák had said should "stir the world." In his later life, Dvorák taught at the National Conservatory of Music of America in New York. He lived in Greenwich Village from 1892 until his death.