This is a rather simplified version of the country's history, but the point is that during those years of foreign domination the Czechs were deprived of the use of their mother tongue and of much of their culture.
In Bohemia and elsewhere, 19th-century music was to be an important vehicle of nationalist expression.
The 6th is often compared to the music of Brahms because of its abundant peasant and folkloric colouring and whirling dance rhythms; the 7th is the most solemn and profound, some experts considering it his greatest work; the 8th is the most experimental of all, highly inventive, untamed, and bursting with vitality.
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