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Antonin Dvorák
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"Mozart is sweet sunshine."
 
"In the Negro melodies of America I discover all that is needed for a great and noble school of music. These beautiful and varied themes are the product of the soil. They are American. They are the folk songs of America, and your composers must turn to them. "
 
"I am now busy with a new Symphony and wherever I go I have no thought for anything but
my work, which must be such as to move the world — well, God grant that it may be so!"
 
"I am again as happy and contented in my work as I have
always been up to now and, God grant, I always shall be."
 
"It must be something respectable for I don’t want to let Brahms down."
 
"My own duty as a teacher... is not so much to interpret Beethoven, Wagner or other masters of the past, but to give what encouragement I can to the young musicians of America. I... hope that just as this nation has already surpassed so many others in marvelous inventions and feats of engineering and commerce, and has made an honorable place for itself in literature in one short century, so it must assert itself in the... art of music... To bring about this result, we must trust to the very youthful enthusiasm and patriotism of this country."
 
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