Sunday, March 24, 2013

Love Of Homeland Shown In Music

Bedrich Smetana, the Czech composer, was known as the father of Czech music because of the love and pride of his homeland that he displayed in his music.  While Antonin Dvorak, also a Czech composer, probably had a greater career and more great compositions, Smetana is still loved by his people and will never be forgotten.

On Friday, I had a post on the Israel National Anthem, Hatikva. I explained that the beautiful melody of Hatikva comes from the main theme in Smetana's "The Moldau" [one of the set of symphonic poems Smetana composed known as "Ma Vlast" or my homeland].  The Moldau is the Vltava, the longest river in the Czech Republic. 

My sister in law Jeannie, said that The Moldau was also one of her favorite pieces of music. So, in her honor here is "The Moldau" from Smetana's Ma Vlast.

On this Sunday, turn up the volume and enjoy some beautiful music by the father of Czech music, Bedrich Smetana.

Bedrich Smetana: "The Moldau":


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