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AGENCIES OF PRESERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT. " 99
is no doubt that he successfully defended his position, for the ma�jority of the most important composers in this country are with him. He suggested that this music would lend itself to higher develop�ment, and that it would be a basis for a national music.
Acting upon his own suggestion, Dvorak composed the symphony, "From the New World/* in which he endeavored with eminent suc�cess, to preserve the characteristic feature of the Negro music, Others have followed his example; among whom are Chadwick, Schoenberg, and Kroeger.
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor has transcribed several of the folk songs, and, in fact, has transformed them into classics. It is true that they do not throb with American life, but they throb with human feeling. They were born to immortal life. His "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child7' and "Deep Kiver" are the most suc�cessful of his transcriptions, and point the way toward the future where lives the dream and hope of the Negro race, which, too, was seen by Dvorak.
No, these songs cannot die. They are eternal.








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