Dvorak House and Music Academy

The four greatest influences on Dvorak music - nature, the organ, the river and the railroad, were all within fifty meters of his birthplace.
In Nelahozeves those sounds inspired Dvorak. He remembered and recorded those sounds the rest of his life...
— Paul Polansky, "The Dvorak Search"
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The renowned Czech composer, Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904) was born in the village of Nelahozeves. Son of the local butcher, the young Dvorak grew up above a tavern opposite the butcher’s shop, listening to the noise of revelry mingle with the sounds of the River Vltava and the steam train passing through the village on its way to Prague. The church of St Andrew opposite, marks the site of his first public performance on the violin. Dvorak’s music, which later captured so well the spirit of the 'New World' in his 9th Symphony, was deeply rooted in his Bohemian homeland.

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The Dvorak House is an important destination for lovers of Dvorak’s music worldwide. A new museum on the ground floor will explore the evolution of the young composer, and especially the environment that influenced his early music development. The exhibitions will emphasize interactive and experiential displays, encouraging visitors of all ages to participate and engage with music-making. There will also be a ‘musical’ playground outside on the village green, nearby the Antonin Dvorak monument.

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The Dvorak Music Academy will be situated in the historic atmosphere of the composer’s first home. The new academy, housed in the first floor of the Dvorak House and in a new building, will offer a unique place to study, practice and experience master classes with top international musicians. The new building, nestled neatly into the hillside behind the house, will provide accommodation for scholars and young musicians. This simple, modern building will be made from traditional materials, harmonizing with the local environment. In addition to accommodation, there will be a large common room, accessible from the village square, which will be made available for community events such as children’s music activities. Careful landscaping will articulate the relationship between the Dvorak House across to the Study Center and Nelahozeves Castle, majestically situated above the village.

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