Antonin Dvorak was the first major European composer to take up a prolonged residency in the United States. His stay here affected not only the American musical scene but also his own compositional style. Ivanov retraces Dvorak’s journeys in America and takes into account certain documents that either were not used in earlier biographies or were available only in Czech. The book contains a large number of photographs, many of which come from the Dvorak museum. The translation provides a delightful read.
Ivanov does not simply summon the existing facts; rather, he seeks to open new passages into the very soul of the great genius and to search within for a true account of his creative workmanship. I treasure [Ivanov’s] book as the best work ever written about Dvorak.