A) On Sept. 5, 1893, Bohemia’s Antonin Dvorak visits Minnehaha Falls and performs for the Czecho-Slovanic Benefit Society (at CSPS Hall) in St. Paul. Inspired by his view of the falls, Dvorak later bases a composition on his “Minnehaha theme”: the Sonatina for violin and piano.
According to legend, he composed the melody on the spot, writing the music on his starched shirt cuff.
Want to learn more? Check out this 1968 article of the event from the Minnesota Historical Society magazine. It’s a link to a PDF file, which you can download: When Minnehaha Falls inspired Dvorak