Saturday, September 3, 2011

This patriotic Czech honored his country with beautiful music.

"Ma Vlast" or My country/homeland was a romantic piece written by the great  Czech composer Bedrich Smetana.  His love of his country pours out in this beautiful piece
Smetana 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.

Má vlast  is a set of six symphonic poems composed between 1874 and 1879. It is often presented as a single work in six movements – and with the exception of Vltava– is almost always recorded that way.  Vltava is the longst river in the Czech Republic and is sometimes known by it's German name the Moldau.  Smetana uses tone painting to evoke the sounds of the Moldau.  This is probably the most recognized movement of Ma Vlast.   It is  moving and beautiful music.

I bet a lot of you think you have never heard this music before. But when you hear the stirring theme of "The Moldau", I think many of you will say: 'Oh, yes, I have heard that.'

Please turn up the music and enjoy this beautiful piece from "Mr. Czech" Bedrich Smetana.

Bedrich Smetana: Ma Vlast: Vltava "The Moldau" :


eurobird said...

Simply beautiful, thanks Michael!

Big Mike said...

You're welcome Eurobird!! Thanks for your comment.