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Anna Dvořáková, née Čermáková

Anna Dvořáková, née Čermáková

17. 6. 1854 - 14. 7. 1931

was born in Prague, the daughter of goldsmith Jan Jiri Cermak (1820 - 1873) and Klotilda Cermakova, nee Prochazkova (1823 - 1903). She had six siblings: Terezie, who later took the name of Koutecka after her marriage (1845 - 1905), Ignac (1847 - 1869), Ferdinand (1855 - 1922), Marie, who later became Stepankova (1857 - 1889), Klotilda, later Hertanova (1859 - 1932) and Josefa, known as “Josefina” (1849 - 1895). The latter was a successful actress at the Provisional Theatre and was Dvorak’s great love during his younger days. She later married Count Vaclav Kounic but remained good friends with the composer and his family for the rest of her life.

Antonín Leopold Dvořák

Antonín Leopold Dvořák

8. 9. 1841 - 1. 5. 1904

was the son of butcher and innkeeper Frantisek Dvorak (1814 - 1894) and Anna Dvorakova, nee Zdenkova (1820 - 1882). He had eight siblings: Frantisek (1843 - 1888), Aloisie, later Marsnerova (1845 - 1846), Josef (1848 - 1920), Adolf (1850 - 1922), Jana, later Strakova (1851 - 1938), Karel (b. 1855), Marie (1857 - 1857) and Marie, later Urbanova (1858 - 1931).

Anna Cermakova and Antonin Dvorak were married on 17 November 1873 at St Peter’s church in Prague. During the first three years of their marriage they had three children - Otakar, Josefa and Ruzena – but all of them died in infancy. Over the ten-year period between 1878 and 1888 the Dvoraks had another six children, all of whom survived into adulthood: Otilie, Anna, Magdalena, Antonin, Otakar and Aloisie. The oldest child, Otilie – “Otilka”, inherited her father’s talent for music and several of her short piano pieces have survived to this day. In 1898 she married Dvorak’s pupil, the composer Josef Suk. Their grandson Josef Suk (1929 - 2011) later became a fine violinist. Otilie died prematurely in 1905 at the age of twenty-seven. Dvorak’s daughter Magdalena (known as “Magda” by her family) was also musical and became a concert singer. Son Otakar was later credited for preserving a large number of recollections about his father, which he published in book form in 1960.

Children of Antonin and Anna Dvorak

Otakar Dvořák

Otakar Dvořák

4. 4. 1874 - 8. 9. 1877
Josefa Dvořáková

Josefa Dvořáková

19. 8. 1875 - 21. 8. 1875
Růžena Dvořáková

Růžena Dvořáková

18. 9. 1876 - 13. 8. 1877
Otilie Dvořáková

Otilie Dvořáková

6. 6. 1878 - 5. 7. 1905
____Anna Dvořáková____

____Anna Dvořáková____

13. 1. 1880 - 10. 9. 1923
Magdalena Dvořáková

Magdalena Dvořáková

17. 8. 1881 - 25. 3. 1952
Antonín Dvořák II.

Antonín Dvořák II.

7. 3. 1883 - 20. 6. 1956
Otakar Dvořák

Otakar Dvořák

9. 2. 1885 - 15. 9. 1961
Aloisie Dvořáková

Aloisie Dvořáková

4. 4. 1888 - 28. 4. 1967