Antonin Dvorak -the great Czech (Classical) composer, in a statement he made in the New York Herald on May 21, 1893: “I am now satisfied that the future music of this country (USA) must be founded on what are called the Negro melodies. This must be the real foundation of any serious and original school of composition to be developed in the United States. All of the great musicians have borrowed from the songs of the common people. Beethoven’s most charming scherzo is based upon what might now be considered a skillfully handled negro melody. In the negro melodies of America I discover all that is needed for a great and noble school of music. They are pathetic, tender, passionate, melancholy, solemn, religious, bold, merry, gay or what you will. It is music that suits itself to any mood or any purpose. There is nothing in the whole range of composition that cannot be supplied with themes from this source”.