Smetana Museum, Prague

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    Muzeum Bedricha Smetany - Smetana Museum

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 25, 2013

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    Muzeum Bedricha Smetany
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    Muzeum Bedricha Smetany is dedicated to the life and works of Czech composer Berdich Smatana (1824-1884). The museum is situated on the right bank of the river Vltava, right next to Charles Bridge.
    The main part of the museum exhibits are on the first floor and includes copies of his private letters, photographs, various personal possessions, folders on music etc. Smetana was leading composer at the time when Czech Nationalism was allowed to be expressed through the medium of the arts. The National Theatre had grand opening in 1883, with a performance of Smetana's opera "Libuše", specially written for that event. "Libuše" deals with the legendary story of the foundation of Prague. Another of his work, symphonic poem "Vltava", is probably the most popular piece of music within Czech population.
    The museum was established in 1926 and open to the public in 1936.
    The statue of Smetana was dedicated in 1984, in ocassion of a centenial of his death. It is work of Prof. Josef Malejovsky and architect Bedrich Hanak. The bronze sculpture is 235cm high and weigh about a tonne.

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    Smetana Museum

    by Nemorino Written Jun 3, 2011

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    1. In the Smetana Museum
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    Right behind his statue is the entrance to the Smetana Museum, which documents the life and work of the composer Bedřich Smetana (1824-1884).

    Although Smetana was an ardent Czech nationalist, he grew up speaking German and didn't really learn Czech until he was in his early thirties. (Some say his later operas are better for this reason, because the music fits better to the Czech text.)

    The museum includes detailed text panels, in Czech and English, about all phases of Smetana's life including the years he spent in Gothenburg, Sweden, as a teacher and chorus master.

    Second photo: Looking into the Smetana Museum.

    Third photo: A piano in the museum, with the score of Smetana's Bohemian Dances.

    Fourth photo: Memaboralia in the Smetana Museum.

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    Smetana by the Vltava River

    by Nemorino Written Jun 3, 2011

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    Smetana statue by the Charles Bridge

    This statue of the composer Bedřich Smetana (1824-1884) is appropriately located on the right bank of the Vltava River, perhaps better known internationally by its German name Moldau.

    To this day Smetana's most popular work is no doubt his symphonic poem Vlatava (The Moldau), which is often played in concerts and supposedly also in the planes of Czech Airlines after each landing. (Perhaps someone who has flown with Czech Airlines can confirm this?)

    Actually Vlatava is one of six symphonic poems which Smetana composed between 1874 and 1879. He later brought them together under the title Má vlast, meaning "My Country" or "My Homeland".

    Smetana also wrote eight operas, all of which are still performed in the Czech Republic sometimes (though not when I was there).

    One of his operas is also still performed regularly all over the world, namely his comic opera The Bartered Bride (Prodaná nevěsta), which I have seen in Bad Orb, Leipzig and Frankfurt am Main.

    Behind the Smetana statue in my photo is the Vlatava (Moldau) River, the Charles Bridge, Prague Castle and the St. Vitus Cathedral.

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    by doug48 Written Jun 21, 2008

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    the smetana museum is located on the vltava river in old town. pictured is the beautiful neo-renaissance building that houses the smetana museum. bedrich smetana (1824-1884) is considered the father of czech music. smetana is best known for his symphonic poem "vltava". the museum has a collection of exhibits on smetana's life and works.

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    Smetana museum

    by Helga67 Updated Dec 28, 2006

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    As you can already figure out the museum pays tribute to Czechs most patriotic composer, Bedrich Smetana. The museum houses scores, diaries, manuscripts, and gifts presented to the composer in the mid-19th century.

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    Smetana Museum, Bridg Tower, St FrancisChurch

    by vesna04 Written Nov 11, 2005

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    Going from left: Smetana Museum, Bridge Tower and Church of St. Francis Seraphinus.This site is fantasric to take picture of. Theese few were taken from the pedal boat.

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