The Dvořák Society for Czech and Slovak Music


Traces in the Sand: The Story of Anthony Kammel in 18th Century Britain



Pages: 164, illustrated.

Born in 1730, Anthony (Antonín) Kammel was the son of an estate forester in Bohemia. His father’s employer, Count Vincent of Waldstein, recognised his musical talent, sent him to study with Tartini in Italy and encouraged him in his musical career.

Kammel came to Britain in 1765, taking part in the country’s musical life as a violinist and composer. He belonged to the circle around Karl Friedrich Abel and Johann Christian Bach. After his death in 1784 none of his children became musicians because — as a prudent man — he wished them to be apprenticed to a trade.

Anthony Kammel’s works remain his legacy, while Sylva Šimsová’s book is also an interesting picture of musical life in the 18th century.

Event to launch book at the historic Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire

On Saturday 12 July 2014, to launch this book, the Dvořák Society is holding an event at the historic Shugborough Estate in Staffordshire, with talks and examples of Kammel’s music performed live by a quartet. Shugborough was the family seat of one of Kammel’s patrons (the Anson family)  [


Sylva Šimsová

“Dedicated to Zdeňka Pilková who enriched my life by introducing me to Anthony Kammel”




The Dvořák Society for Czech and Slovak Music, 2014

Formats and Prices

Soft covers: ISBN 978–0–9562608–0–2
Price (+ postage & packing):
£10.00 (members/trade) | £12.50 (non-members)

Hard bound: ISBN 978–0–9562608–1–9
Price (+ postage & packing):
£18.75 (members/trade) | £25.00 (non-members)