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 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.

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Vltava from Má vlast
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Vltava from Má vlast
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Dance of the Comedians (The Bartered Bride)
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Dance of the Comedians (The Bartered Bride)
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Czech Song
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Czech Song
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Rybar [the Fisher Boy] B.138
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Rybar [the Fisher Boy] B.138
Bedrich Smetana
The Bartered Bride (Dance of the Comedians)
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The Bartered Bride (Dance of the Comedians)
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Czech Dances Series I: No.4 Polka in Bb major
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Czech Dances Series I: No.4 Polka in Bb major
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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
Bedrich Smetana
Vltava (Moldau) from 'Ma Vlast'
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Vltava (Moldau) from 'Ma Vlast'
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Ma Vlast: From Bohemian Fields and Groves
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Ma Vlast: From Bohemian Fields and Groves
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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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From Bohemia’s Woods and Fields (Ma Vlast)
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From Bohemia’s Woods and Fields (Ma Vlast)
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Piano Trio in G minor (Op.15)
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Piano Trio in G minor (Op.15)
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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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The Bartered Bride - Overture & Three Dances
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The Bartered Bride - Overture & Three Dances
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In Desperation, Op 1 No 6 (Six Characteristic Pieces)
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In Desperation, Op 1 No 6 (Six Characteristic Pieces)
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String Quartet No.1 in E minor, 'From My Life': IV. Vivace
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String Quartet No.1 in E minor, 'From My Life': IV. Vivace
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On the Seashore – A Reminiscence
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On the Seashore – A Reminiscence
The Stirling Orchestra
Vltava
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Vltava
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Ma Vlast: 1. Vysehrad (The High Castle)
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Ma Vlast: 1. Vysehrad (The High Castle)
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Piano Trio In G Minor Op.15 - last mvt.
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Piano Trio In G Minor Op.15 - last mvt.
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The Moldau from Ma Vlast
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The Moldau from Ma Vlast
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Piano Trio in G minor, Op.15, Finale presto
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Piano Trio in G minor, Op.15, Finale presto
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The Little Hen from Czech Dances Book 2
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The Little Hen from Czech Dances Book 2
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Trio in G minor Op.15
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Trio in G minor Op.15
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