Here’s one I never knew about. (Well, one of many…) The Czech composer Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904) had composed a tribute to the American flag. It was to have been performed at the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1892 that commemorated the 400th anniversary of the European discovery of America.
In 1891, Dvořák ranked among the leading European musical luminaries. As such, he was invited to the United States to become director of the National Conservatory of Music of America in New York City. He lived and worked in this country for two and a half years, composing some of his most famous music such as the Ninth Symphony (From the New World and the American String Quartet.