ANTONIN DVORAK:  by Claire Lee Purdy


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A biography of the Bohemian composer, set in the turbulent background of political change and a rising nationalism. The personal life of Dvorak, devoid of the extremes of jewels and attic poverty, is of no startling interest to young people, but the author has wisely incorporated into the biography folktales and events in the stirring fight for freedom of the Czech people of Bohemia. Through the life story of the composer -- peasant boyhood, study under the beloved Liehmann, enrollment in the Organ School in Prague, twelve struggling ""quiet"" years, the success of the in 1872- to a respected position as one of the great Czech composers -- the national pride of a people is portrayed vividly. Valuable for the history as well as the music shelf.

Pub Date: Oct. 16th, 1950
Publisher: Messner