Bedrich Smetana
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1824-03-02
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Bedrich Smetana

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 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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On The Seashore - A Reminiscence
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On The Seashore - A Reminiscence
Bedrich Smetana
Polka for piano (B.90) in A major
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Polka for piano (B.90) in A major
Bedrich Smetana
Wallenstein's camp (Valdstynuv tabor) - symphonic poem B.111
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Wallenstein's camp (Valdstynuv tabor) - symphonic poem B.111
Bedrich Smetana
Polka in F major (Czech Dances Book 1)
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Polka in F major (Czech Dances Book 1)
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Polka in A minor, Op.12 No.1 (Memories of Bohemia in the form of a polka)
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Polka in A minor, Op.12 No.1 (Memories of Bohemia in the form of a polka)
Bedrich Smetana
Ma vlast [My country] - cycle of symphonic poems, Vltava [Moldau]
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Ma vlast [My country] - cycle of symphonic poems, Vltava [Moldau]
Bedrich Smetana
La Moldau
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La Moldau
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In Desperation (Six Characteristic Pieces, Op.1 No.6)
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In Desperation (Six Characteristic Pieces, Op.1 No.6)
Bedrich Smetana
Ball-Vision. Polka-Rhapsody
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Ball-Vision. Polka-Rhapsody
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Bettina polka (1859 version)
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Bettina polka (1859 version)
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At the Seashore (Concert Study in G sharp minor)
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At the Seashore (Concert Study in G sharp minor)
Bedrich Smetana
Polka in E major (Three Salon Polkas, Op.7 No.3)
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Polka in E major (Three Salon Polkas, Op.7 No.3)
Bedrich Smetana
The Bartered Bride Overture (Friday Night is Music Night)
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The Bartered Bride Overture (Friday Night is Music Night)
Bedrich Smetana
String Quartet no.1 'From my life' 2nd movement
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String Quartet no.1 'From my life' 2nd movement
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3rd movement of String Quartet no 2 in D minor
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3rd movement of String Quartet no 2 in D minor
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The Bartered bride - opera B.143..: Act 3 sc.2; Skocna [Dance of the comedians]
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The Bartered bride - opera B.143..: Act 3 sc.2; Skocna [Dance of the comedians]
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