The Music Plays On — Dvořák’s Compositions in America

Antonín Dvořák with his family in New York City

In an idyllic midwestern summer over two decades ago, a girlfriend and I spent our days playing house in a little town not too far from Spillville, Iowa, where the world-famous Antonín Dvořák and his family had spent their summer almost exactly 100 years prior, in 1893. In the mornings I’d go for a long bike ride before the heat, humidity, and languor of the afternoon would squelch any plans…