Bedrich Smetana
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1824-03-02
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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; for the symphonic cycle Má vlast ("My Homeland"), which portrays the history, legends and landscape of the composer's native land; and for his First String Quartet, From My Life.

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Bedrich Smetana
The Bartered Bride: Polka, Furiant and Dance of the Comedians
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The Bartered Bride: Polka, Furiant and Dance of the Comedians The Bartered Bride: Polka, Furiant and Dance of the Comedians The Bartered Bride: Polka, Furiant and Dance of the Comedians 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] Ma vlast [My country] - cycle of symphonic poems, Vltava [Moldau] Ma vlast [My country] - cycle of symphonic poems, Vltava [Moldau] 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 Quartet No. 2 In D Minor For Strings: 3rd mvt Quartet No. 2 In D Minor For Strings: 3rd mvt 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 Quartet no. 1 in E minor (From my life) for strings Quartet no. 1 in E minor (From my life) for strings 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 Trio in G minor Op.15 for piano and strings - 3rd mvt Trio in G minor Op.15 for piano and strings - 3rd mvt 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) Vltava (from Ma Vlast) Vltava (from Ma Vlast) 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 Quartet No. 1 In E Minor (From My Life) For Strings Quartet No. 1 In E Minor (From My Life) For Strings Quartet No. 1 In E Minor (From My Life) For Strings
Česká filharmonie
Ma Vlast: From Bohemia's Meadows and Forests
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Ma Vlast: From Bohemia's Meadows and Forests Ma Vlast: From Bohemia's Meadows and Forests Ma Vlast: From Bohemia's Meadows and Forests Ma Vlast: From Bohemia's Meadows and Forests
Karel Vrtiska & Bedřich Smetana
2 Dances from "Czech Dances, Book II"
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2 Dances from "Czech Dances, Book II" 2 Dances from "Czech Dances, Book II" 2 Dances from "Czech Dances, Book II" 2 Dances from "Czech Dances, Book II"
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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 2nd mvt: Allegro moderato a la polka from String Quartet No 1 in E minor 2nd mvt: Allegro moderato a la polka from String Quartet No 1 in E minor 2nd mvt: Allegro moderato a la polka from String Quartet No 1 in E minor
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Vivace (final movement) from String Quartet no.1 in E minor, 'From My Life'
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Vivace (final movement) from String Quartet no.1 in E minor, 'From My Life' Vivace (final movement) from String Quartet no.1 in E minor, 'From My Life' Vivace (final movement) from String Quartet no.1 in E minor, 'From My Life' Vivace (final movement) from String Quartet no.1 in E minor, 'From My Life'
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Triumphal 'Festive' Symphony Op.6: Scherzo
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Triumphal 'Festive' Symphony Op.6: Scherzo Triumphal 'Festive' Symphony Op.6: Scherzo Triumphal 'Festive' Symphony Op.6: Scherzo Triumphal 'Festive' Symphony Op.6: Scherzo
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4th movement, Quartet no. 1 in E minor (From my life)
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4th movement, Quartet no. 1 in E minor (From my life) 4th movement, Quartet no. 1 in E minor (From my life) 4th movement, Quartet no. 1 in E minor (From my life) 4th movement, Quartet no. 1 in E minor (From my life)
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The Bartered bride - opera B.143 vers. definitive in 3 acts
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The Bartered bride - opera B.143 vers. definitive in 3 acts The Bartered bride - opera B.143 vers. definitive in 3 acts The Bartered bride - opera B.143 vers. definitive in 3 acts The Bartered bride - opera B.143 vers. definitive in 3 acts
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Four Dances
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Four Dances Four Dances Four Dances Four Dances
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Dalibor - Act III
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Dalibor - Act III Dalibor - Act III Dalibor - Act III Dalibor - Act III
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Dalibor - Act II
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Dalibor - Act II Dalibor - Act II Dalibor - Act II Dalibor - Act II
Yuri Torchinsky
Prague carnival - introduction and polonaise for orchestra
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Prague carnival - introduction and polonaise for orchestra Prague carnival - introduction and polonaise for orchestra Prague carnival - introduction and polonaise for orchestra Prague carnival - introduction and polonaise for orchestra
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Polka from the Bartered Bride (orchestral suite)
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Polka from the Bartered Bride (orchestral suite) Polka from the Bartered Bride (orchestral suite) Polka from the Bartered Bride (orchestral suite) Polka from the Bartered Bride (orchestral suite)
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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 The Bartered bride (B.143) [1870] vers definitive in 3 acts, Overture The Bartered bride (B.143) [1870] vers definitive in 3 acts, Overture The Bartered bride (B.143) [1870] vers definitive in 3 acts, Overture
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Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15
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Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15 Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15 Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15 Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15
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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 Quartet No. 1 In E Minor (From My Life) For Strings Quartet No. 1 In E Minor (From My Life) For Strings 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: 1st movement; Allegro vivo appassionata
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Quartet no. 1 in E minor (From my life) for strings: 1st movement; Allegro vivo appassionata Quartet no. 1 in E minor (From my life) for strings: 1st movement; Allegro vivo appassionata Quartet no. 1 in E minor (From my life) for strings: 1st movement; Allegro vivo appassionata Quartet no. 1 in E minor (From my life) for strings: 1st movement; Allegro vivo appassionata
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Piano Trio in G minor (Op.15)
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Piano Trio in G minor (Op.15) Piano Trio in G minor (Op.15) Piano Trio in G minor (Op.15) Piano Trio in G minor (Op.15)
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Nasim Devam
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Nasim Devam Nasim Devam Nasim Devam Nasim Devam
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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; for the symphonic cycle Má vlast ("My Homeland"), which portrays the history, legends and landscape of the composer's native land; and for his First String Quartet, From My Life.

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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