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Smetana, Bedřich (1824 - 1884), composer, conductor, critic

Marta Ottlová, John Tyrrell and Milan Pospíšil

in Grove Music Online

Volume Grove Music Online, issue Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630

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(b Litomyšl, 2 March 1824; d Prague, 12 May 1884 ). Czech composer, conductor and critic. The first Czech nationalist composer and the most important of the new generation of Czech opera composers writing from the 1860s. His eight operas established a canon of Czech operas to serve as models for Czech nationalist opera and have remained in the Czech repertory ever since. Such was the force of his

Keywords: Youth and training, 1824–47; At the beginnings of a musical career, 1848–56; In search of recognition abroad: Sweden, 1856–61; In national life, 1862–74; Final years, 1874–84; Operas; Orchestral works; Chamber music; Piano works; Posthumous reputation

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Subjects: Music

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