Monday, October 4, 2010

Timeline: Dvořák and the Arts

Consider the following highly selective list of important landmarks in the arts during Dvořák’s lifetime:

- 1846: Adolph Sax patents the saxophone

- 1847: Emily Bronte publishes Wuthering Heights

- 1851: Herman Melville publishes Moby Dick

- 1853: Heinrich Steinway opens his piano factory in New York.

- 1862: Victor Hugo publishes Les Miserables

- 1869: Leo Tolstoy publishes War and Peace

- 1874: the first Impressionism exhibit in Paris

- 1875: Mark Twain completes The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (it’s published the next year)

- 1887: Arthur Conan Doyle (not yet Sir) publishes his first Sherlock Holmes story, “A Study in Scarlet”

- 1888: Vincent Van Gogh paints Sunflowers

- 1889: World Exhibition in Paris (the first exposure for most of Europe to East Asian cultures, and the event for which the Eiffel Tower was built)

- 1898: HG Wells publishes War of the Worlds

Such a time it would have been to be an arts journalist!

-Betsy Schwarm, long-time announcer/producer for KVOD and music professor

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