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rus, antonin (1833 - 1903)

District court judge in Mirovice, enthusiastic amateur musician. Dvorak was introduced to Rus in 1884 by the composer’s former classmate from the organ school, Vaclav Urban. This chance acquaintance gradually grew into a close friendship, testified through their frequent contact and mutual correspondence. The same may be said of Rus’s daughter Marie, who later became Marie Bohdanecka; she was a great admirer of Dvorak’s works and played his four-hand piano pieces with him when he came to visit them. Dvorak dedicated two of his piano works to her, Dumka and Furiant, Op. 12.