Bedrich Smetana
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1824-03-02
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Bedrich Smetana

Bedrich Smetana Biography (Wikipedia)

Bedřich Smetana ( (listen); 2 March 1824 – 12 May 1884) was a Czech composer who pioneered the development of a musical style that became closely identified with his country's aspirations to independent statehood. He has been 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 Bohemia. It contains the famous symphonic poem "Vltava", also known by its English name "The Moldau".

Smetana was naturally gifted as a composer, and gave his first public performance at the age of 6. After 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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Bedrich Smetana
Vltava (Má vlast)
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Vltava (Má vlast)

Vltava (Má vlast)

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Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra

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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)
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The Bartered Bride (Overture)
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Oves (Grain Dance) - Czech Dances Set 2
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Oves (Grain Dance) - Czech Dances Set 2
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Polka - Czech Dances Set 1
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Polka - Czech Dances Set 1
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Hulan (The Lancer) - Czech Dances Set 2
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Hulan (The Lancer) - Czech Dances Set 2
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Vltava (Má vlast)
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Vltava (Má vlast)
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Sarka
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Sarka
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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' (4th mvt)
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String Quartet No.1 in E minor 'From my life' (4th mvt)
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Festive Symphony in E Major, Op. 6, JB 1:59: III. Scherzo
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Festive Symphony in E Major, Op. 6, JB 1:59: III. Scherzo
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String Quartet No 2 in D minor
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String Quartet No 2 in D minor
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Ma Vlast - Vltava
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Ma Vlast - Vltava
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The Bartered Bride (Overture)
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The Bartered Bride (Overture)
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Prague Carnival
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Prague Carnival
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Vltava (Má vlast)
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Vltava (Má vlast)

Vltava (Má vlast)

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Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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String Quartet No 1 in E minor, 'From my life' (2nd mvt)
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String Quartet No 1 in E minor, 'From my life' (2nd mvt)
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Sonata movement in E minor (B.70) for 2 pianos, 8 hands
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Sonata movement in E minor (B.70) for 2 pianos, 8 hands

Sonata movement in E minor (B.70) for 2 pianos, 8 hands

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Else Krijgsman
Mariken Zandliver
David Kuijken
Carlos Moerdijk
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Ma Vlast
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Ma 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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On the Seashore, Op.17
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On the Seashore, Op.17
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Vltava (Ma vlast)
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Vltava (Ma vlast)
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'Sarka' from Ma Vlast
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'Sarka' from Ma Vlast
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The Bartered Bride (Overture)
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The Bartered Bride (Overture)
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Triumphal Symphony, op. 6: III. Scherzo
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Triumphal Symphony, op. 6: III. Scherzo
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The Moldau (Ma Vlast)
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The Moldau (Ma Vlast)
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The Bartered Bride: Furiant
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The Bartered Bride: Furiant
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Vltava (Moldau) - from 'Ma Vlast'
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Vltava (Moldau) - from 'Ma Vlast'
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Prague Carnival
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Prague Carnival
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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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From Bohemia's Woods and Fields (Má vlast)
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From Bohemia's Woods and Fields (Má vlast)
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The Bartered Bride (Overture)
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The Bartered Bride (Overture)
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The Fisherman (Rybar)
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The Fisherman (Rybar)
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Grand Overture in D
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Grand Overture in D
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From My Homeland (No 2 in G minor)
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From My Homeland (No 2 in G minor)
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Vltava (Má vlast)
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Vltava (Má vlast)
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Festive Symphony in E Major, Op. 6: III. Scherzo
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Festive Symphony in E Major, Op. 6: III. Scherzo
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Trio in G minor Op.15 for piano and strings
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Trio in G minor Op.15 for piano and strings
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Ma vlast [My country] - cycle of symphonic poems
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Ma vlast [My country] - cycle of symphonic poems
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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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Vltava (no.2 of Má vlast)
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Vltava (no.2 of Má vlast)
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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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Ma vlast [My country] - cycle of symphonic poems
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Ma vlast [My country] - cycle of symphonic poems
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The Bartered Bride (Overture)
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The Bartered Bride (Overture)
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