Wednesday Music: Smetana’s ‘Die Moldau’

I have a real treat for you today, a piece by Czech composer Bedřich Smetana called Die Moldau. I played this piece back when I was in a symphony orchestra and I haven’t thought of it in years. I had a lot of fun playing it, though, so I thought I’d share it today. Here’s a bit about it.

  • Its proper name is Vltava, which is the name of a river in the Czech Republic. The German name for this river is Die Moldau, which is what the piece was called when I played it.
  • It is part of a group of six pieces collectively called Má vlast, which means My homeland in Czech. They were influenced by the nationalist music common in Europe in the end of the nineteenth century, when Smetana composed them.
  • The piece is supposed to evoke the sounds of this great river. And lest you wonder how or why anyone would write a piece of music in honor of a river, I have a photo below of the Vltava so you can see how beautiful it is!
The Vltava in Prague. Click to see larger.
The Vltava in Prague. Click to see larger.


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