Monday, October 4, 2010

Bedrich Smetana

I walk by this statut every day and this morning, I thought I'd look him up. He is the "father of Czech music".. Not to shabby, right?! Naturally gifted as a pianist, his name is Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884) and he was an internationally known Czech composer. In 1874, he had become ill (throat infection, rash, blockage to the ears). Then his spirits were lowered when he became totally deaf. In January 1875, he wrote in his journal; "If my disease is incurable, then I should prefer to be liberated from this life". He died in 1884.

Bedrich's "The Bartered Bride".


April said...

Its so funny that you posted that piece! We performed that with my University Orchestra last year! Great composer. I'm a little jealous you get to be so close to where so much talent originated!

Meant to be a mom said...

How sad but how interesting.
Thanks for sharing. :)