Bedrich Smetana Biography (Wikipedia)
Bedřich Smetana (2 March 1824 – 12 May 1884) was a Czech composer who pioneered the development of a musical style which became closely identified with his country's aspirations to independent statehood. He is thus widely regarded in his homeland as the father of Czech music. Internationally he is best known for his opera The Bartered Bride and for the symphonic cycle Má vlast ("My Homeland"), which portrays the history, legends and landscape of the composer's native land.
Smetana was naturally gifted as a composer, and gave his first public performance at the age of 6. After his conventional schooling, he studied music under Josef Proksch in Prague. His first nationalistic music was written during the 1848 Prague uprising, in which he briefly participated. After failing to establish his career in Prague, he left for Sweden, where he set up as a teacher and choirmaster in Gothenburg, and began to write large-scale orchestral works. During this period of his life Smetana was twice married; of six daughters, three died in infancy.
- Bedrich Smetanahttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p020dnpz.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p020dnpz.jpg2014-06-05T11:03:00.000ZCzech culture and history were creative catalysts for much of Smetana's work.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p020dnq4
- Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884)https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p020dn1l.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p020dn1l.jpg2014-06-05T10:49:00.000ZDonald Macleod explores in a condensed version of the week of programmes, the life and work of Bedrich Smetana, a composer credited with founding a national style of Czech musichttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p020dn1r
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