Má vlast (, meaning "My homeland" in the Czech language) is a set of six symphonic poems composed between 1874 and 1879 by the Czech composer Bedřich Smetana. While it is often presented as a single work in six movements and – with the exception of Vltava – is almost always recorded that way, the six pieces were conceived as individual works. They had their own separate premieres between 1875 and 1880; the premiere of the complete set took place on 5 November 1882 in Žofín Palace, Prague, under Adolf Čech, who had also conducted two of the individual premieres.
In these works Smetana combined the symphonic poem form pioneered by Franz Liszt with the ideals of nationalistic music which were current in the late nineteenth century. Each poem depicts some aspect of the countryside, history, or legends of Bohemia.
Since 1952 the works have been performed to open the Prague Spring International Music Festival on 12 May, the anniversary of the death of their composer.
Performances & Interviews
- Smetana: Ma Vlasthttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02256vr.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02256vr.jpg2014-07-04T13:10:00.000ZIn this Proms Music Guide, Sarah Walker talks about Smetana's Ma Vlast.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02256w2
Smetana: Ma VlastIn this Proms Music Guide, Sarah Walker talks about Smetana's Ma Vlast.
- Ma Vlasthttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01gw6rd.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01gw6rd.jpg2010-09-14T12:30:00.000ZA series of six symphonic poems by Bedrich Smetana, Ma Vlast is at the core of Czech cultural identity. From September 2010.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/b00tpqm4
Ma VlastA series of six symphonic poems by Bedrich Smetana, Ma Vlast is at the core of Czech cultural identity. From September 2010.