A lucrative contract in the New World
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Dvořák: 15 facts about the great composer
10. A lucrative contract in the New World
It was the lure of an amazing fee that persuaded Dvořák to venture to New York. For a little teaching and conducting, with four month's vacation, he was promised the unimaginable salary of $15,000 - 25 times what he was paid in Prague, and worth about £500,000 in today's terms. While there, he developed a new passion for steam ships – and pigeons.