Antonin Dvorak, My Father is a personal biography by his son Otakar who at the age of seventy-five years old decided to "write about the events missing from the other books about my father. "
For musicologists, Otakar's biography of his father contains many new items, but basically the book portrays Dvorak as a father. Story after story discloses Dvofak's real identity, captured in simple words by his son, while the great composer's work and profession linger in the background.
Otakar reveals in detail how his father decided to come to America. Later, after Otakar joined his parents in New York, the family set out for Spiliville. Otakar tells many stories about his father in this Czech-American community in northeastern Iowa.
Dvorak's symphony From the New World was the rage of New York in December of 1893, but Otakar recalls it for a much different reason.
Dvorak's depression in New York has seldom been mentioned, much less understood. But through the eyes of nine year old Otakar there is a poignancy that few musical historians could present.
Otakar remembers many stories told by Dvotak's friends and pupils. These colorful stories carry us through the chapters, giving us the background to Dvofak's career and life. Otakar relates several gems for the musical historian, but the story about how his father solved a problem in his most famous opera might be the best.
Otakar wrote his book to say..."ad memoriam lather. " But Otakar's epilogue for this book written a few days before his own death divulged as much about himself as his stories did about his father.
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Paul Polansky was born in Mason City, Iowa in 1942. He came to international attention in 1994 with his revelations about Lety, a World War II Romany (Gypsy) death camp. His book LIVING THROUGH IT TWICE, Poems of the Romany Holcaust (1940 - 1997) has been mentioned in reports on BBC Radio, National Public Radio (All Things Considered) and inspired a forthcoming CBS television documentary.
In 1999, GG published two more Polansky books, THE STORM, a novel about Jews and Gypsies used as slave labor on a nobleman's estate in South Bohemia during WW II, and STRAY DOG, a cycle of poems about violence inside and out the boxing ring.Language Notes:
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Czech
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Book Description Czech Historical Research Center. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First Edition.. 196 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. New Book. MUSIC. "Otakar Dvorak's book about his father can be recommended especially to those readers who love Dvorak's music, but who do not propse to study this music professionally. The merit of this book is that we can see this great composer as a human being, a very noble-hearted man who was modest, religious, and humble, and who was in love with nature and his family." - PhDr. Milan Kuna, CSc, Editor in Chief, Antonin Dvorak's Correspondence, Prague, Czech Republic (Key Words: Music, Biography, Antonin Dvorak, Symphonies, Spillville, Iowa,Prague, Kovarik, Hodik, Otakar Dvorak, Composing, Bohemia, Lugwig von Beethoven, Paul J. Polansky). book. Bookseller Inventory # 9670X21
Book Description Czech Historical Research Ctr, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110963673408