Bedrich Smetana
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1824-03-02
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Bedrich Smetana

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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 ...

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Biography

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.

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Ma vlast [My country] - cycle of symphonic poems, Vltava [Moldau]
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Ma vlast [My country] - cycle of symphonic poems, Vltava [Moldau]
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From my Homeland
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From my Homeland
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String Quartet No 1 in E minor, 'From my Life'
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String Quartet No 1 in E minor, 'From my Life'
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March of the Prague Students' League
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March of the Prague Students' League
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Three Salon Polkas: No. 3 in A flat major
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Three Salon Polkas: No. 3 in A flat major
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The Bartered bride (B.143) [1870] vers definitive in 3 acts, Overture
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The Bartered bride (B.143) [1870] vers definitive in 3 acts, Overture
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Sarka (Ma vlast)
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Sarka (Ma vlast)
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String Quartet No 1 in E minor ('From my life') - Allegro Moderato alla polka
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String Quartet No 1 in E minor ('From my life') - Allegro Moderato alla polka
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Vltava (Ma Vlast)
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Vltava (Ma Vlast)
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Skocna (Dance of the Comedians) from The Bartered Bride
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Skocna (Dance of the Comedians) from The Bartered Bride
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The Bartered bride (B.143) [1870], Act 3 sc.2; Skocna [Dance of the comedians]
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The Bartered bride (B.143) [1870], Act 3 sc.2; Skocna [Dance of the comedians]
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2 Dances from "Czech Dances, Book II"
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2 Dances from "Czech Dances, Book II"
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String Quartet no.1: 2nd mvt, polka
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String Quartet no.1: 2nd mvt, polka
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Vltava (Moldau) from 'Ma Vlast'
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Vltava (Moldau) from 'Ma Vlast'
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The Bartered Bride: Polka, Furiant and Dance of the Comedians
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The Bartered Bride: Polka, Furiant and Dance of the Comedians
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Ma vlast [My country] - cycle of symphonic poems, Vltava [Moldau]
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Ma vlast [My country] - cycle of symphonic poems, Vltava [Moldau]
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Quartet No. 2 In D Minor For Strings: 3rd mvt
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Quartet No. 2 In D Minor For Strings: 3rd mvt
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Quartet no. 1 in E minor (From my life) for strings
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Quartet no. 1 in E minor (From my life) for strings
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Trio in G minor Op.15 for piano and strings - 3rd mvt
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Trio in G minor Op.15 for piano and strings - 3rd mvt
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Vltava (from Ma Vlast)
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Vltava (from Ma Vlast)
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Quartet No. 1 In E Minor (From My Life) For Strings
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Quartet No. 1 In E Minor (From My Life) For Strings
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Ma Vlast: From Bohemia's Meadows and Forests
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Ma Vlast: From Bohemia's Meadows and Forests
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2nd mvt: Allegro moderato a la polka from String Quartet No 1 in E minor
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2nd mvt: Allegro moderato a la polka from String Quartet No 1 in E minor
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Bedrich Smetana Biography

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 pianist, and gave his first public performance at the age of six. 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.

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