Antonin Dvorak: Breaking the Mold

Mar 5, 2014

Composer Antonin Dvorak, in a caricature by Ralph Steadman.

Antonin Dvorak’s father owned a small inn and butcher shop in Austria.  Antonin, the eldest of nine children, was expected to follow the vocation of his father, and grandfather, and become a butcher.

When he turned sixteen he begged his father to let him study music, and the rest is history.

However, it is unfortunately true that some musicians can still “butcher” a performance!