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David William Elswick | 100 comments Bedřich Smetana (2 March 1824 – 12 May 1884) 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.

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Emma Iadanza (emmaiadanza) Love The Moldau!!

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David William Elswick | 100 comments

Bedřich Smetana - "Vltava" or "Die Moldau" (German) from Má vlast (Herbert von Karajan with the Vienna Philharmonic, 1985)

Smetana: "The composition describes the course of the Vltava river, starting from the two small springs, the Cold and Warm Vltava, to the unification of both streams into a single current, the course of the Vltava through woods and meadows, through landscapes where a farmer's wedding is celebrated, the round dance of the mermaids in the night's moonshine: on the nearby rocks loom proud castles, palaces and ruins aloft. The Vltava swirls into the St John's Rapids; then it widens and flows toward Prague, past the Vyšehrad, and then majestically vanishes into the distance, ending at the Labe."

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