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Vlatava from Ma Vlast Smetana Help Opus Details
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Smetana's tone poem follows the river Vlatava from its source as a babbling brook (represented by fluterring semi-quaver flute passages), to its majestic passage into the sea. The broad well-loved melody on the strings captures well the impression of a wide river flowing proudly through his homeland. This work exhibits simultaneously Smetana's nationalism, and his skill as as a romantic/impressionist composer.

Smetana wrote 6 Symphonic poems in the set entitled "My Country", of which this is the 2nd and most famous. The set was composed between 1872 and 1879, and represents Smetana's expression of the Czech national spirit. The Vltava (Moldau in German) depicts in sound the river which flows through Prague, starting the journey at its source in the mountains, gradually widening and becoming more majestic until it finally sweeps triumphantly into the sea. Ironically, this principal theme is derived from a Swedish folk song.
Category: Tone Poem Orchestra Romantic Period
Time Signature 6 /8 Key Signature   E Minor Play MP3 using player below.

1    Vlatava from Ma Vlast

2    This broad melody represents the river flowing majestically toward the sea.
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