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Bedrich Smetana—Má Vlast

Lecture no. 18 from the course: The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works

Bedrich Smetana—Má Vlast

Taught by Professor Robert Greenberg | 46 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Music & Fine Art Courses

Written by the “father” of Czech music, the grand symphonic poem Má Vlast evokes Bohemia’s landscape, history, and people. Learn about Smetana’s life in turbulent political times, and his role in the “musical nationalism” that sought an authentic Czech musical style. Focusing on four of the six movements, hear Smetana’s extraordinary tonal “painting,” his precise musical evocation of historical events, the great Vlatava River, and the majesty of the Bohemian countryside.


May 16, 2017