Tag: Smetana

Monday, September 12, 2011:Opera in the Wild

Opera in the Wild Although set in the 15th century, the outdoor performance of Bedřich Smetana’s opera Dalibor in the natural amphitheatre of rugged Šárka Park in Prague 6 was not without modern inconveniences. But the 14,000 people and assorted creatures that saw the performance last week on what was possibly the last tropical day of a somewhat dreary summer, were definitely at ease. The opera itself is a Czech…

Wed, August 31, 2011: Juggling Music

Guest Editorial: Juggling Music, Motives, and Ideology Czech national aspirations, which also involved ideological considerations, played an important role in the creative lives of the Czech Republic’s “famous four” – Dvořák, Smetana, Janáček, and Martinů. Dvořák and Smetana saw themselves distinctly as cultural representatives of the Czech national revival. And not only that! The year 1848 saw the young Smetana on the barricades in Prague in a brave yet hopeless…

Tuesday, June 28, 2011: Matter of Time

It Was Just a Matter of Time Smetana at Five: A Star is Born “My father dragged me by the ear and begged me on bended knee, and then I went to my first lesson.” That’s how Bedřich Smetana remembered his first piano lesson, at age 5 in the year 1829. Most likely, more than one modern reader can relate to his feelings. Actually, however, the little boy was more…

Monday, May 9, 2011: Rehearsing the Dream

Picture this: You’re 18 years old and into music. And on Thursday you’re in an orchestra that’s going to play one of the most iconic — and demanding — pieces in your entire country’s repertoire of music. Under the baton of an internationally-known conductor. In your country’s most famous music festival. And the performance is going to be broadcast live on television. Sounds like one of those I-forgot-my-pants dreams, doesn’t…