Pages: 144, illustrated.
The composer, choirmaster, choral conductor and music teacher Bohumil Fidler (1860 – 1944), was born in Příbram, southern Bohemia, where he spent his working life. The town was close to the summer home of Dvořák at Vysoká and a friendship developed between the two men.
In addition to numerous photographs and other graphic material, the book includes valuable reminiscences of Dvořák’s domestic life at Vysoká and the relationship of the internationally renowned figure with the provincial musical life of his country.
Fidler himself was a remarkably talented man who devoted his career to the musical life of Příbram, which is brought to life in the other parts of his autobiography.
This first English language edition of Fidler’s autobiography was translated by by Fidler’s granddaughter Eva Szabo and edited his great granddaughter Sonya Szabo Reynolds, a member of the piano faculty at Xavier University in Cincinnati.
There is a preface by Michael Beckerman of New York University.