Notes On Music
10:13 am
Tue June 11, 2013

A Most Exemplary Czech

Bedrich Smetana
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Bedrich Smetana was the composer who most exemplified the character of his native Czechoslovakia.

In Má Vlast, or My Fatherland, he portrays the history, legends, and landscape of the country, making a strong statement of nationality.

Unfortunately, Smetana eventually went deaf, had a mental breakdown, and died in 1884 in an asylum. What a loss.

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