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10 things you didn’t
know about…
Dvorák
Dvorák was almost a butcher instead
of a composer – his father assumed his
son would continue the family trade.
www.colsto...
www.colstonhall.org/classical
In 1893, Dvorak
spent time with the
Iroquois Indians in
Iowa, listening
to their
traditional...
The composer
enjoyed weightlifting
and was partial to a
game of skittles.www.colstonhall.org/classical
www.colstonhall.org/classical
He also enjoyed
pigeon racing and
trainspotting, and while
in America developed
a love of st...
www.colstonhall.org/classical
As a composer, Dvorák found
it hard to find neighbours
who would put up with his
composing i...
In the 1860s,
Dvorák
supplemented
his income
by playing
the violin
in Prague
cafés.
www.colstonhall.org/classical
The Hovis advertisement, which
brought the slow movement of
Dvorak’s ‘New World’ Symphony
to millions of new ears (albeit
...
www.colstonhall.org/classical
Dvorák
married Anna
Cermáková in
1873
... but only after
being turned
down by her
sister, Jo...
The piano duet score for the first
volume of Dvorák’s Slavonic Dances
sold out in a day in 1878, testament
to the power of...
www.colstonhall.org/classical
While in London in 1896, Dvorák
mistook the Athanaeum Club
in Pall Mall for a café and was
p...
www.colstonhall.org/classical
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10 things you didnt know about Dvorak

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10 things you didn’t know about… Dvorák
Dvorák was almost a butcher instead of a composer – his father assumed his son would continue the family trade.
In 1893, Dvorak spent time with the Iroquois Indians in Iowa, listening to their traditional music. It inspired him to write his ‘American’ String Quartet.
The composer enjoyed weightlifting and was partial to a game of skittles.
He also enjoyed pigeon racing and train-spotting, and while in America developed a love of steamboats.
As a composer, Dvorak found it hard to find neighbours who would put up with his composing in the middle of the night. He had to move house several times.
In the 1860s, Dvorak supplemented his income by playing the violin in Prague cafés.
The Hovis advertisement, which brought the slow movement of Dvorak’s ‘New World’ Symphony to millions of new ears (albeit in a brass band arrangement), was filmed on Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, Dorset in 1973.
Dvorák married Anna Čermáková in 1873, but only after being turned down by her sister, Josefina.
The piano duet score for the first volume of Dvorák’s Slavonic Dances sold out in a day in 1878, testament to the power of the domestic music market. But then, television wasn’t a thing in those days.
While in London in 1896, Dvorák mistook the Athanaeum Club in Pall Mall for a café and was promptly ejected…

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10 things you didnt know about Dvorak

  1. 1. www.colstonhall.org/classical 10 things you didn’t know about… Dvorák
  2. 2. Dvorák was almost a butcher instead of a composer – his father assumed his son would continue the family trade. www.colstonhall.org/classical
  3. 3. www.colstonhall.org/classical In 1893, Dvorak spent time with the Iroquois Indians in Iowa, listening to their traditional music. It inspired him to write his ‘American’ String Quartet.
  4. 4. The composer enjoyed weightlifting and was partial to a game of skittles.www.colstonhall.org/classical
  5. 5. www.colstonhall.org/classical He also enjoyed pigeon racing and trainspotting, and while in America developed a love of steamboats.
  6. 6. www.colstonhall.org/classical As a composer, Dvorák found it hard to find neighbours who would put up with his composing in the middle of the night. He had to move house several times.
  7. 7. In the 1860s, Dvorák supplemented his income by playing the violin in Prague cafés. www.colstonhall.org/classical
  8. 8. The Hovis advertisement, which brought the slow movement of Dvorak’s ‘New World’ Symphony to millions of new ears (albeit in a brass band arrangement), was filmed on Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, Dorset in 1973. www.colstonhall.org/classical
  9. 9. www.colstonhall.org/classical Dvorák married Anna Cermáková in 1873 ... but only after being turned down by her sister, Josefina.
  10. 10. The piano duet score for the first volume of Dvorák’s Slavonic Dances sold out in a day in 1878, testament to the power of the domestic music market. But then, television wasn’t a thing in those days. www.colstonhall.org/classical
  11. 11. www.colstonhall.org/classical While in London in 1896, Dvorák mistook the Athanaeum Club in Pall Mall for a café and was promptly ejected…
  12. 12. www.colstonhall.org/classical For more great classical content: www.colstonhall.org/classical

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