There are modest displays on the life and works of the most famous of Czech composers, with his music ever-playing in the ... More
Antonín Dvořák Museum (Muzeum Antonína Dvořáka)
There are modest displays on the life and works of the most famous of Czech composers, with his music ever-playing in the background. The charming upstairs hall is used for concerts during tourist season. The jewel-box-like house itself dates to the early 18th Century, when a local nobleman commissioned the great Baroque architect Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer (best known for his two St. Nicholas churches in Prague, one in the Old Town and the other in Mala Strana) to design a weekend retreat in what were then the rural outskirts of town.
Reviews for Antonín Dvořák Museum (Muzeum Antonína Dvořáka): 2
A real gem
By A Yahoo! Contributor, 5/10/06
Discovered this marvellous place by accident. A beautiful building and worth a visit ... but try to go to one of the concerts (held twice a week). We were treated to an evening of Dvorak ... but we felt like guests of honour whilst we listened to the singers and musicians in period costume, as they recreated a day in 1904. The 'Lady of the House' was a soprano - her visitors a mezzo-soprano, baritone, pianist and violinist. There were about 28 of us honoured guests (the room would not have taken more than 40 or so). I felt really privileged to be there.
The museum captures the life and work of Dvorak and provides a superb overview of the composer's achievements and I unreservedly recommend the experience to all music lovers.
It was refreshing to sit and listen to the master's music in the beautiful surroundings of the upper chamber and to see at first hand the composer's own instruments.
The afternoon spent looking at facsimilies of the composer's works brought our highly enjoyable Prague visit to a stimulating end and we will be back.
The staff were very helpful and I learned a great deal about works which were previously unknown to me
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