Romantic composer Bedrich Smetana was born in 1824 in Litomysl, Bohemia, the son of a brewer. A child prodigy, he played the piano before the Austrian emperor in 1830. He took part in a failed uprising against Austrian rule. Later, he founded his own music school in Prague. He married pianist Katerina Kolárová. They moved to Sweden for a time, then back to Prague. Katerina died and he wed Bettina Ferdinandová. Soon after, he returned to Prague for good. His hearing began to fail him and he died in an asylum in 1884. His masterpiece is probably The Bartered Bride.
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Fan page with biography, notes on the symphonic poems Mà Vlast, string quartets, copyright information, opera, and MP3 sound files.
Filmography at Internet Movie Database (IMDb) listing movies and television programs using his music.
Bedrich Smetana: The Father of Czech Music
Brief biographical timeline and selected works from Humanities Web.
Classical Archives: Bedrich Smetana
Biography, complete files offered in MIDI, MP3, and Windows Media audio formats, including live recordings of featured artists.
Smetana, Bedrich (1824 - 1884), Bohemia
Biographical data, recommended CDs, books and sheet music, bibliography, and links to biographical essays from Dr. Estrella's Incredibly Abridged Dictionary of Composers.
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