History, legends and beautiful Czech landscapes. The musical image created by Bedřich Smetana in a series of six symphonic poems Má vlast is an exceptional declaration of patriotism. In 1872–79, Smetana worked on the pieces despite the loss of hearing, at the time of rebirth of the Czech national consciousness. The programmatic nature of the work is indicated not only by the titles given by the composer, but also by the draft of the commentary left by him, which was then completed, with Smetana’s full approval, by music critic Václav Vladimír Zelený.
Bedřich Smetana: Má vlast (My country)