Smetana - Ma Vlast - Z českých luhů a hájů
Type of Spiritual Experience
Má vlast (meaning "My homeland" in the Czech language) is a set of six symphonic poems composed between 1874 and 1879 by the Czech composer Bedřich Smetana. While it is often presented as a single work in six movements and – with the exception of Vltava – is almost always recorded that way, the six pieces were conceived as individual works.
Smetana finished composing this piece, the title of which means "From Bohemia's woods and fields", on 18 October 1875 and received its first public performance nearly eight weeks later, on 10 December. A depiction of the beauty of the Czech countryside, the tone poem tells no real story, but includes, after a section evoking the grandeur of the forest, the depiction of a village festival in full swing.
A description of the experience
Autor/Author: Bedřich Smetana
Název skladby/Title: Z Českých luhů a hájů
Orchestr/Orchestra: Česká Filharmonie/Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Dirigent/Conductor: Václav Talich