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Bedřich Smetana

Also known as スメタナ, B. Smetana, B.Smetana, Bed. Smetana, Bederich Smetana, Bedrich Friedrich Smetana, Bedrich Smetana, Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884), Bedřích Smetana, Bedřich (Friedrich) Smetana, Bedřicha Smetany, Bedřih Smetana, Beidrich Smetana, Brederich Smetana, Б, Сметана, Б. Сметана, F. Smetana, Fr. Smetana, Freidrich Smetana, Friederich Smetana, Friedr Smetana, Friedr. Smetana, Friedrich Semetana, Friedrich Smétana, Friedrich Smetana, Smetana, Smetana Bedrich Friedrich, Smetana Friedrich, Smetana, Bedrich, Smetany

Profile of the performer Bedřich Smetana: Bedřich Smetana (pronounced [ˈbɛdr̝ɪx ˈsmɛtana]; 2 March 1824 - 12 May 1884) was a Czech composer. He is best known for his symphonic poem Vltava (better known as The Moldau), the second in a cycle of six which he entitled Má vlast ("My Country"), and for his opera The Bartered Bride.



Smetana was the son of a brewer in Litomyšl in Bohemia, then part of the Austrian Empire. He studied piano and violin from an early age, and played in an amateur string quartet with other members of his family. Smetana attended a high school in Pilsen from 1840-1843. He studied music in Prague, despite initial resistance from his father. He secured a post as music master to a noble family, and in 1848 received funds from Franz Liszt to establish his own music school.



September 1855 marked the death of his second child, his beloved four-year-old daughter Bedřiska. When his third child died nine months later, he committed himself to composition, producing the Piano Trio in G minor. This piece is full of sadness and despair, making use of phrases that are cut short, possibly in resemblance to his daughter's own life.



In 1856, Smetana moved to Gothenburg, Sweden, where he taught, conducted and gave chamber music recitals. In 1863, back in Prague, he opened a new school of music dedicated to promoting specifically Czech music. By 1874 he had become deaf from syphilis, but he continued to compose; Má vlast was written after his deafness had developed. Smetana also suffered from tinnitus, which caused him to hear a continuous, maddening high note which he described as the "shrill whistle of a first inversion chord of A-flat in the highest register of the piccolo."



From 1875 he lived in small village of Jabkenice.



His string quartet in E minor, Z mého života (From My Life, composed in 1876), the first of only two quartets, is an autobiographical work. The final movement is punctuated by a piercing high E in the first violin which, Smetana explained, represents the devastating effects of his tinnitus. He may also be hinting at this personal misfortune with the piccolo scoring in Má vlast. In 1883 Smetana, due to further progressive neurological effects of his illness, became insane, and was taken to a mental hospital in Prague, where he died the following year. He is interred in the Vyšehrad cemetery in Prague.



Smetana was the first composer to write music that was specifically Czech in character. Many of his operas are based on Czech themes and myths, the best known being the comedy The Bartered Bride (1866). He used many Czech dance rhythms and his melodies sometimes resemble folk songs. He was a great influence on Antonín Dvořák, who similarly used Czech themes in his works.

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1 Bedřich Smetana - Die Moldau / Die Unvollendete Die Moldau / Die Unvollendete 4 mp3 Download release MP3 Die Moldau / Die Unvollendete Europa
2 Bedřich Smetana - Classikon 70: Smetana: Má Vlast (Mein Vaterland) (Auszüge) - 'Die Verkaufte Braut': Tänze Classikon 70: Smetana: Má Vlast (Mein Vaterland) (Auszüge) - 'Die Verkaufte Braut': Tänze 13 mp3 Download release MP3 Classikon 70: Smetana: Má Vlast (Mein Vaterland) (Auszüge) - 'Die Verkaufte Braut': Tänze 1994
3 Bedřich Smetana - Má Vlast (Mein Vaterland) Má Vlast (Mein Vaterland) 6 mp3 Download release MP3 Má Vlast (Mein Vaterland) Eloquence
4 Bedřich Smetana - Cello Concerto In B Minor, Opus 104 - The Moldau Cello Concerto In B Minor, Opus 104 - The Moldau 6 mp3 Download release MP3 Cello Concerto In B Minor, Opus 104 - The Moldau 1991 Marshall Cavendish Ltd
5 Bedřich Smetana - Die Moldau Die Moldau 2 mp3 Download release MP3 Die Moldau Supraphon
6 Bedřich Smetana - Die Moldau / Die Unvollendete Die Moldau / Die Unvollendete 4 mp3 Download release MP3 Die Moldau / Die Unvollendete Europa
7 Bedřich Smetana - Les Préludes · Ungarische Rhapsodie Nr. 2 / Vyšehrad · Die Moldau Les Préludes · Ungarische Rhapsodie Nr. 2 / Vyšehrad · Die Moldau 4 mp3 Download release MP3 Les Préludes · Ungarische Rhapsodie Nr. 2 / Vyšehrad · Die Moldau Deutsche Grammophon
8 Bedřich Smetana - Ma Vlast (Complete Orchestral Works) Ma Vlast (Complete Orchestral Works) 31 mp3 Download release MP3 Ma Vlast (Complete Orchestral Works) 2008 Brilliant Classics
9 Bedřich Smetana - The Moldau The Moldau 2 mp3 Download release MP3 The Moldau Concert Hall
10 Bedřich Smetana - Symphonie Du Nouveau Monde / La Moldau Symphonie Du Nouveau Monde / La Moldau 6 mp3 Download release MP3 Symphonie Du Nouveau Monde / La Moldau 1977
11 Bedřich Smetana - Die Moldau (Mein Vaterland, II) Die Moldau (Mein Vaterland, II) 2 mp3 Download release MP3 Die Moldau (Mein Vaterland, II) 1953 Deutsche Grammophon
12 Bedřich Smetana - Vltava / VIII. Symfonie (Symphony No.8) Vltava / VIII. Symfonie (Symphony No.8) 6 mp3 Download release MP3 Vltava / VIII. Symfonie (Symphony No.8) 1980 Panton
13 Bedřich Smetana - Favourite Overtures Of The London Philharmonic Favourite Overtures Of The London Philharmonic 7 mp3 Download release MP3 Favourite Overtures Of The London Philharmonic 1972 Classics For Pleasure
14 Bedřich Smetana - New World Symphony And Other Orchestral Masterworks New World Symphony And Other Orchestral Masterworks 12 mp3 Download release MP3 New World Symphony And Other Orchestral Masterworks 1995
15 Bedřich Smetana - Vltava (Moldau) / The Bartered Bride / Slavonic Dances, Nos. 9, 10, 15 / New World Symphony Vltava (Moldau) / The Bartered Bride / Slavonic Dances, Nos. 9, 10, 15 / New World Symphony 4 mp3 Download release MP3 Vltava (Moldau) / The Bartered Bride / Slavonic Dances, Nos. 9, 10, 15 / New World Symphony 1963 Supraphon
16 Bedřich Smetana - Moldau / Ungarische Rhapsodie Nr. 1 Fmoll Moldau / Ungarische Rhapsodie Nr. 1 Fmoll 2 mp3 Download release MP3 Moldau / Ungarische Rhapsodie Nr. 1 Fmoll Telefunken
17 Bedřich Smetana - Hifi Karajan Hifi Karajan 11 mp3 Download release MP3 Hifi Karajan Deutsche Grammophon
18 Bedřich Smetana - Les Préludes / Kamarinskaja / Die Moldau / Aus Böhmens Hain Und Flur Les Préludes / Kamarinskaja / Die Moldau / Aus Böhmens Hain Und Flur 4 mp3 Download release MP3 Les Préludes / Kamarinskaja / Die Moldau / Aus Böhmens Hain Und Flur ETERNA
19 Bedřich Smetana - Symphonie Nr. 9 »Aus Der Neuen Welt · From The New World · Du Nouveau Monde« / Die Moldau / Les Préludes Symphonie Nr. 9 »Aus Der Neuen Welt · From The New World · Du Nouveau Monde« / Die Moldau / Les Préludes 3 mp3 Download release MP3 Symphonie Nr. 9 »Aus Der Neuen Welt · From The New World · Du Nouveau Monde« / Die Moldau / Les Préludes 2001 Deutsche Grammophon
20 Bedřich Smetana - Piano Concerto In A Minor, Op. 16 / The Bartered Bride Piano Concerto In A Minor, Op. 16 / The Bartered Bride 2 mp3 Download release MP3 Piano Concerto In A Minor, Op. 16 / The Bartered Bride 1962
21 Bedřich Smetana - Die Moldau Die Moldau 2 mp3 Download release MP3 Die Moldau 1966 Musical Masterpiece Society
22 Bedřich Smetana - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - Die Moldau - Les Préludes - Capriccio Italien Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - Die Moldau - Les Préludes - Capriccio Italien 9 mp3 Download release MP3 Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - Die Moldau - Les Préludes - Capriccio Italien Die Volksplatte
23 Bedřich Smetana - The Moldau The Moldau 2 mp3 Download release MP3 The Moldau 1961 Concert Hall
24 Bedřich Smetana - Hungarian Rhapsodies Nos. 1 And 2, Bartered Bride: Overture • Polka • Furiant, Scherzo Capriccioso Hungarian Rhapsodies Nos. 1 And 2, Bartered Bride: Overture • Polka • Furiant, Scherzo Capriccioso 4 mp3 Download release MP3 Hungarian Rhapsodies Nos. 1 And 2, Bartered Bride: Overture • Polka • Furiant, Scherzo Capriccioso 1968 RCA Red Seal
25 Bedřich Smetana - My Country My Country 6 mp3 Download release MP3 My Country Columns Classics
26 Bedřich Smetana - Vltava - The Moldau Vltava - The Moldau 2 mp3 Download release MP3 Vltava - The Moldau 1958
27 Bedřich Smetana - The Bartered Bride The Bartered Bride 3 mp3 Download release MP3 The Bartered Bride Deutsche Grammophon
28 Bedřich Smetana - 1812 Alkusoitto / Noidan Oppipoika / Moldau 1812 Alkusoitto / Noidan Oppipoika / Moldau "Isänmaani" / Scherzo Capriccioso / Yö Autiolla Vuorella 5 mp3 Download release MP3 1812 Alkusoitto / Noidan Oppipoika / Moldau 1993 EMI Classics
29 Bedřich Smetana - Selected Popular Works Selected Popular Works 4 mp3 Download release MP3 Selected Popular Works Supraphon
30 Bedřich Smetana - Les Préludes · Mazeppa · Ungarische Rhapsodie No. 4 · Vyšehrad · Die Moldau Les Préludes · Mazeppa · Ungarische Rhapsodie No. 4 · Vyšehrad · Die Moldau 5 mp3 Download release MP3 Les Préludes · Mazeppa · Ungarische Rhapsodie No. 4 · Vyšehrad · Die Moldau 1995 Deutsche Grammophon
31 Bedřich Smetana - Má Vlast (Mein Vaterland) Má Vlast (Mein Vaterland) 7 mp3 Download release MP3 Má Vlast (Mein Vaterland) 1989 Deutsche Grammophon
32 Bedřich Smetana - Má Vlast Excerpts Má Vlast Excerpts 3 mp3 Download release MP3 Má Vlast Excerpts 1958
33 Bedřich Smetana - Die Moldau Die Moldau 5 mp3 Download release MP3 Die Moldau Deutsche Grammophon
34 Bedřich Smetana - La Moldau La Moldau 2 mp3 Download release MP3 La Moldau
35 Bedřich Smetana - Hifi Karajan Hifi Karajan 14 mp3 Download release MP3 Hifi Karajan
36 Bedřich Smetana - Bohemian Carnival Bohemian Carnival 14 mp3 Download release MP3 Bohemian Carnival 1978 Classics For Pleasure
37 Bedřich Smetana - Klavierwerke Klavierwerke 15 mp3 Download release MP3 Klavierwerke Münchener Musikseminar
38 Bedřich Smetana - 4 Symphonische Dichtungen 4 Symphonische Dichtungen 6 mp3 Download release MP3 4 Symphonische Dichtungen 1972 Deutsche Grammophon
39 Bedřich Smetana - Symphonie Nr. 9 Symphonie Nr. 9 "Aus Der Neuen Welt" / Die Moldau 6 mp3 Download release MP3 Symphonie Nr. 9 Eloquence
40 Bedřich Smetana - Czech Masters (Complete String Quartets) Czech Masters (Complete String Quartets) 58 mp3 Download release MP3 Czech Masters (Complete String Quartets) 2003 Brilliant Classics
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