Skip to main content

What world-famous composer was inspired by Minnehaha Falls?

On this day in 1893, a world-famous composer visited Minnehaha Falls, and so inspired by what he saw, wrote a melody on his shirt sleeve. Who was he? A) Antonin Dvorak B) Richard Wagner C) Robert Zimmerman For the answer, click on the headline above...
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

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

Next Up

police tape

3 at trauma centers in critical condition after rural MN attack

Two victims and the alleged attacker are in critical condition.

grinch neighbor

Neighborhood 'grinch' sends letter to Burnsville family over holiday lights

A Burnsville family's holiday decorations were the subject of an anonymous complaint.

image

Anthropologie shutters Grand Avenue store, opening planned for Rosedale Center

The popular holiday shopping weekend marked the last for customers of the Grand Avenue store.

hospital, emergency room

Woman found on side of highway after hit-and-run

The 41-year-old was airlifted to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Jorden Nicole Borders

Charges: Minnesota woman tortured her kids, removed boy's blood

Warning: This story contains upsetting content.

first snow

Will narrow band of 6+ inches of snow hit Twin Cities Tuesday?

The NWS says a band of 6+ inches is looking likely. It's now a matter of where.

ambulance

Siblings, ages 19 and 14, killed in crash on icy MN highway

The crash happened around 1:15 a.m. Saturday in Carlton County.

Nicholas Kraus

Man sentenced for fatally striking woman during Uptown protest

Nicholas Kraus, 36, of St. Paul drove into a protest in Uptown last year, killing Deona Marie Knajdek.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Fleeing suspect crashes into vehicle in Woodbury, 2 injured

The crash occurred Friday afternoon after a pursuit with Woodbury police.

Screen Shot 2022-11-26 at 2.34.44 PM

Yes, that's MN native Jenny Taft in a State Farm commercial

Jenny Taft got her broadcasting career started in Minneapolis in 2011.

crime scene tape - police tape

23-year-old woman critical after shooting in Plymouth

A 23-year-old woman was shot Friday night in Plymouth.

white Christmas

2 MN towns among most 'magical' winter locations in the country

The list was compiled by Trips Discover and published earlier this month.

Related

Which Minnesotan went on a world-famous hunger strike on this day in 1880?

Fasting as a way to purify your body? The idea was put to the test in a famous hunger strike by a Minneapolis doctor in New York on June 28, 1880. Who was he? For the answer, click on the headline above.

Which famous Minnesota brewer was kidnapped on this day in 1933?

On June 15, 1933, a famous Minnesota brewer was abducted in St. Paul and held for a $100,000 ransom. Who was he? A) Jacob Schmidt B) William Hamm Jr. C) August Schell For the answer, click on the headline above.

What fictional town was Sinclair Lewis' 'Main Street' set in?

On Oct. 23, 1920, the Sinclair Lewis novel "Main Street" was published, a satirical look at small-town complacency. What was the Minnesota town Lewis wrote about? A) Gopher Lake B) Gopher Prairie C) Gopher Heights For the answer, click the headline above...

What French slogan is included on Minnesota's state seal?

On this day in 1858, Minnesota adopts the state seal. Which French phrase is included in the design? A) L'Etelle du Luth B) L'Etoile du Nord C) Nord du Vikin For the answer, click on the headline above...

Which Twin hit a grand slam in Game 1 of the 1987 World Series?

On Oct. 17, 1987, this Twin would cap a seven-run fourth inning with a grand slam at the Metrodome in Game 1 of the World Series against St. Louis. Who had the big blast? A) Kent Hrbek B) Gary Gaetti C) Dan Gladden For the answer, click on the headline above...

What were the first pair of functioning water skis made from?

The inventor of the modern water ski passed away on this day in 1977. His name was Ralph Samuelson, and in 1922 he made his first successful ride on Lake Pepin in Lake City, Minn. What did Ralph use? A) Pine boards. B) Barrel staves. C) Sheet metal. For the answer, click on the headline above...

What play ended the 1987 World Series?

On Oct. 25, 1987, the Minnesota Twins won their first World Series with a 4-2 Game 7 victory over St. Louis. How was the final out recorded? A) Hot shot to Hrbek at first, he steps on the bag...Twins Win!!! B) Lazy fly ball to left, Gladden is under it ...Twins Win!!! C) Ground ball to Gaetti, over to Hrbek ...Twins Win!!! For the answer (you know the answer!), click on the headline above...