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Czech Composer Antonin Dvorak (1841 - 1904).
Czech Composer Antonin Dvorak (1841 - 1904). Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Czech composer Antonin Dvorak spent the summer of 1893 in village of Spillville, Iowa — a town populated almost entirely by Czech expatriates.
Of his time there, Dvorak said "As for my new Symphony, the F major String Quartet and the Quintet (composed here in Spillville) — I should never have written these works 'just so' if I hadn't seen America."
Composer, pianist, and frequent NPR commentator Rob Kapilow offers a guide through Dvorak's String Quartet No. 12 in F major Op. 96, and explains how the young nation influenced the European musician.