Dvorak Museum at Vila Amerika

One of the things we decided to do was visit a few museums.  There are so many to choose from.  Michael is not a Museum Person, so I chose three I wanted to see.  Dvorak, Mozart and Mucha.  Dvorak and Mozart for music, and Mucha as an artist.  I wanted to see the Communism Museum also but it looked depressing, as well as the Jewish Museum, so we decided to "enlighten" ourselves with music and paintings.

Anton Dvorak – was a Czech composer of Romantic music, who employed the idioms and melodies of the folk music of Moravia and his native Bohemia. His works include operas, symphonic, choral and chamber music. His best-known works include his New World Symphony (particularly the slow movement), as well as his Slavonic Dances, American String Quartet, and Cello Concerto in B minor

clip_image001The walk to the Dvorak Museum was not far from our apartment.  We did have a hard time finding it however, because the sign is quite little as you can see, on the right hand fence.  The neighborhood is quite elegant.

Hidden away behind wrought-iron gates, the Dvorák Museum is housed in an elegant early eighteenth-century baroque summer palace named Vila Amerika. The building has had a varied existence (having served as a cattle market and also a restaurant), but in recent years it has been carefully restored and now contains a permanent exhibition of photographs and memorabilia of the life and work of Antonín Dvorák (1841 to 1904) from the collection of the Dvorák Society, including documents detailing his time spent in the United States.

clip_image001[5]Here is one of his piano’s.  I guess it is more meaningful to actually be able to see and read about certain events, etc. than to just see a picture.  The entire house is so elegant, you can imagine him giving recitals to his closest friends, etc.  Although he never was in this house!



Dvorak’s desk he wrote music at.  The book is turned to some of his handwritten music notes.  As we walked around, his music was played ever so softly in the background!  Nice atmosphere…imagine living in a house as elegant as this! 

clip_image001[9]Upstairs is a room with every inch of walls and ceilings painted in frescoes!  This is the room his piano is in. 




Ceiling detail



clip_image001[13]Even columns painted on walls!








The door on the right is the stairway coming up into this room.  The door on the left goes into a room of memorabilia – Note:  the museum displays photographs, newspaper cuttings, programmes and personal objects relating to the composer, including his viola and his piano. The building houses a unique collection of his manuscripts and correspondence.

Can you imagine sitting in this room in candlelight, listening to some of Slavic Dances concertos played by the Master himself?  This room had chairs set up for just such an occasion…without Dvorak himself, of course!  I did buy a CD of his music in the gift shop.

clip_image001[17]Gate house.  The church spire you see was one of the "landmarks" we were looking for when looking for this Museum.



Back door guest!  Cold out!




clip_image001[21]Another guest house…one on each side.  Looks like a nice place for a tea party on summer days!




Next:  Between Dvorak and Mozart we pass The Dancing Building!


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