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Antonín Dvořák Society

Antonín Dvořák Society was established in 1931 under the name of the Society for the Building of Antonín Dvořák Monument in Prague, prompted by the American Czech Josef Jan Kovařík, Dvořák´s secretary and friend in the USA. Among the co-founders were also members of Dvořák´s family, the composers Josef Suk and Vítězslav Novák, the painter Hugo Boettinger and the Dvorakian researcher Otakar Šourek.

In the following year the Museum of Antonín Dvořák was opened and the Antonín Dvořák Society administered it until its nationalization in 1956. The Society also supported the diffusion of knowledge of the composer´s life and work. In the post-war times the Society partook in the summary edition of his compositions, in the opening of Antonín Dvořák Memorial in Nelahozeves as well as memorial halls in other places connected with the Maestro´s life and work (Sychrov, Zlonice). In the 1980s under political pressure the Society was forced to change its scope of activities and temporarily became a guild within the Czech Music Society. After the fall of communism in 1989 the Society restored its standing and a wide range of activities. In 2000 it finally managed to have the Dvořák monument erected in front of the Rudolfinum in Prague.

Antonín Dvořák Society has collaborated closely with many cultural and music institutions, especially with the Museum of Antonín Dvořák and strives for a universal support of the composer´s personal and artistic legacy at home and world-wide. The chairman of the Society is the conductor Prof. Radomil Eliška.

Contact address

Muzeum Antonína Dvořáka
Ke Karlovu 20, 120 00 Prague 2
tel./fax: +420 224 923 363
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