Monday, November 1, 2010

Dvořák and His Wife

Dvořák married Anna Cermakova on November 17, 1873. They would be together until his death over forty years later, and had nine children, six of whom survived to adulthood. Yet Anna had not been his first choice. Initially, he had fallen for her sister Josefina, who was studying piano with him, but Josefina would not have him and married instead an aristocrat, becoming the Countess Kaunitz. However, all parties remained on good terms and Dvořák kept track of which of his compositions Josefina particularly liked, sometimes quoting their melodies in new works in tribute to her. Apparently, he thought she would appreciate the gesture, and perhaps also knew that Anna would not mind.

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

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