The Fine Print of Dvorak’s Contract

August 24th, 2013

The contract that introduced Antonin Dvorak to New York to lead the Nationwide Conservatory of Songs of America authorized him to receive more than 25 occasions what he had been earning in Prague, and opened a extremely fruitful interval of his profession in which he wrote some of his greatest-loved operates, like the “New World” Symphony and the Cello Concerto. Even though its particulars have long been known to students, a single of the unique signed contracts — discovered not too long ago by the fantastic-grandson of the conservatory’s founder, Jeannette Thurber, and bought by the Dvorak American Heritage Association — will be exhibited publicly for the 1st time on Sept. 8 at the Bohemian Countrywide Hall at 321 East 73rd Road in Manhattan.

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The Dvorak American Heritage Association will screen Dvorak’s contract next month at Bohemian National Corridor.

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Subsequent are excerpts from the handwritten agreement:

On Dvorak’s income:

“That the stated social gathering of the very first element hereby agrees and contracts to pay the explained get together of the second portion a income of the price of fifteen thousand bucks a year for two many years….”

On Dvorak’s weekly obligations:

“To give his sole interest in the course of each 8 months from the twenty third day of September to the twenty third working day of May which shall kind the scholastic 12 months of the said celebration of the 1st portion for a few hours each working day for the performance of the previously mentioned pointed out responsibilities. This arrangement of such duties and the hours which they shall respectively occupy on every single working day in each and every 7 days to be in accordance with the subsequent desk.

Monday. Two hrs to be given to the preparing of the students for the performances and live shows of the mentioned get together of the first part and a single hour for business session….

Tuesday. The whole 3 several hours to be devoted in providing instruction in composition and instrumentation to the most proficient pupils only.

Wednesday and Friday. The three hrs to be occupied in the same fashion as on Monday.

Thursday and Saturday. The 3 hrs to be occupied in the very same fashion as on Tuesday.”

On Dvorak’s concert events:

“And it is mutually agreed that in even more consideration of the wage just before mentioned the mentioned party of the 2nd part shall perform this sort of amount of concerts as he might be necessary not exceeding 6 in each scholastic yr as previously mentioned defined.”

On summertime vacation:

“It is mutually agreed that the remaining four months in every year not forming portion of the said scholastic yr particularly from the twenty third day of Could to the 22nd day of September shall be at the free of charge and absolute disposal of the mentioned social gathering of the second element and for the duration of this kind of period the mentioned get together of the second component shall be in no way certain by the problems and stipulations herein contained or or else by cause of this agreements.”

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