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Vltava (The Moldau) by Bedřich Smetana — 3 Comments

  1. avant de l’acheter, j’aimerais voir la partition piano seul de la moldova de smetana
    est-ce possible ?- je vous en remercie par avance

    • Merci de demander, mais je ne vends pas de musique. Si vous voulez voir de la musique avant de l’acheter, vérifiez si votre bibliothèque en a une copie. Google Images contient des extraits de musique imprimée. C’est un coup long, mais ça vaut le coup d’oeil.

  2. Smetana was a prodigy on the harpsichord and received support and lessons at the castle in Litomysl, near Pardubice, as a small child, while his family worked at the castle. If I remember correctly, his father was a brewer at the castle. His harpsichord is still on display at the castle of Litomysl. The suppression of the Czech language mentioned in this article omits to tell the history. The Catholic Church is still apologizing for the cruel murder of Jan Hus, one of catholicism’s greatest Czech leaders.
    This burning at the stake spawned the revolutionary spirit of the Czech people to establish the Hussite Church and kick every last Catholic out of the country, under the very successful military leadership of Žižkov, the greatest of the Czech military leaders. See the Žižkov Monument on Vitkov Hill near Praha (in French: Prague). Visit the military museum in Plzn to enjoy a massive collection of the period weaponry. After Žižkov had wiped the behinds of every Austrian and every Catholic by turning the peasants into an effective fighting machine using the common tools of farming: the flail. See images of the flail and imagine a spike driven through the smaller beating piece. That is the symbol of Czech victory over Austrian and Catholic cruelty and suppression. After the death of Žižkov and the corruption of the independence of the Czech lands, the Jewish moneylenders who controlled the treasury at Prague castle, withheld payment to the mercenary troops defending Prague against the Austrian-Catholic army at Bila Hora (see the infamous Battle of White Mountain 1621) while the 50,000 strong Czech army was far away ready to attack Vienna. The mercenaries departed without pay, and left the Czech nation undefended. Only the faithful 2,000 Moravian troops fought, but were no match for the 50,000 Austrians. The result of this led to the conditions described in this article: Smetana grew up speaking German, publishing of music could only succeed if first promoted in German language. The Czech nobility were murdered and their castles were handed out to Austrian families. The Czech language was made illegal and was only left to survive in peasant villages. Alas, Smetana and other Czech nationalists finally woke up in later years and brought us one of the greatest bodies of music known to any ethnic culture on earth. Next week my lecture will be on the Impact of Celtic Heritage of the Boii on Czech Music. Both names: Bohemia and Bavaria stem from the Celtic tribe: the BOII.

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