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Bedřich Smetana – Sheet Music & Scores

“The Czechs live through music” – Bedřich Smetana (1824-1884)

Bedřich Smetana is a central authority in Czech music. His life story, in the predominantly German culture of Bohemia, aptly reflects this difficult era. Smetana contributed significantly to the emancipation of Czech musical life, and to the development of Czech musical identity. Browse our sheet music and scores, and explore all his magnificent music today!

His Life

Bedřich Smetana came from a German-speaking family from Litomyšl, where his father worked as a brewer. The boy was not a good student, but he devoted himself intensively to the study of music and gave concerts with the local string quartet as early as 1830. After 1842 Smetana began to compose more intensively, initially smaller piano pieces such as Polkas, later also first orchestral works.

Prague & Gothenburg

From 1843 Smetana lived in Prague, where he first studied composition and piano, and later, from 1848 he taught at his own music institute. Over the years, Smetana gained a good reputation in Prague circles as a solo pianist and teacher, but for a long time he was dissatisfied with his position. After the tragic death of three of his four daughters, he decided to accept an offer from Sweden, where he was appointed director of the Gothenburg Philharmonic Society from 1856 to 1861. There he gained valuable experience as a conductor and pianist. On the concert stage, he performed a wide range of classical and romantic compositions.

Smetana’s greatest influence, however, was the encounter with Franz Liszt and his Faust symphony. Smetana was fascinated by the programmatic form, the symphonic poem. He first composed a trio of Swedish symphonic poems, and later a cycle of symphonic poems, “Mein Vaterland”, “Má Vlast”, in six movements, the most famous of which is Vltava, The Moldau.

Back to Bohemia

After his return from Sweden, Smetana took a position as Kapellmeister at the Provisional (later National) Theater in Prague. This is where he began composing operas, there are a total of eight Operas by Smetana, the best known is the comic opera “The Bartered Bride”. Smetana has long been criticized in Czech circles for his ’Wagnerian’ approach to opera, however it is indisputable that he was instrumental in the development of Czech opera, introducing many new musical and theatrical elements. Smetana’s greatest role models were Richard Wagner, Franz Liszt, and Frédéric Chopin.

Illness

Towards the end of his life, like Ludwig van Beethoven, he suffered a severe blow, when he completely lost his hearing in 1874. Gradually he had to withdraw from public life, and gave up his work as a conductor and teacher. Paradoxically, however, this was one of the most fruitful periods in Smetana’s composing life. The autobiographical programmatic string quartet From My Life from 1876 is one of Smetana’s greatest works of reflection.

“I still want to give to the nation, that what I still owe, and what I have in my heart, in a work of great scope, for that, I have to keep all my strength in my sad state!”

After 1881, Smetana’s mental health began to deteriorate. In 1883 Smetana witnessed the opening of the National Theater in Prague, which was celebrated with the premiere of his festive opera “Libuše”. A year later he was admitted to a psychiatric hospital, where he died a few months later. His funeral became an unmistakable manifesto for a Czech nation, who, young and old alike, accompanied their Czech-Maestro on his last journey.

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Bedřich Smetana

The Moldau

Für Klavier leicht bearbeitet

Get to Know Classical Masterpieces

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 1215439

18.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Bedřich Smetana, Karel Sabina

The Bartered Bride – Libretto

English only

for: Soloists, mixed choir, orchestra

Lyric book

Item no.: 318335

6.45 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Bedřich Smetana

The Bartered Bride

for: Soloists, mixed choir, orchestra

Score (Hardcover)

Item no.: 224688

85.60 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 weeks
Bedřich Smetana

The Bartered Bride

A comic opera in three acts

for: Soloists, mixed choir, orchestra

Piano reduction

Item no.: 318163

34.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–6 weeks
Bedřich Smetana

Let us join in celebration (Proč bychom se netěšili)

from The Bartered Bride

for: Mixed choir (SATB), piano

Choir score

Item no.: 898249

3.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Bedřich Smetana

Moldau

for: 2 flutes (duet)

Ensemble score

Item no.: 680598

13.95 €plus shipping
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Bedřich Smetana - Die Moldau

Die Moldau ( Hauptmotiv )

Bedřich Smetana

Die Moldau

Abenteuer am Fluss mit der berühmten Musik von Bedřich Smetana
Kinder hören und erleben Orchestermusik

Book (Hardcover), CD

Item no.: 659401

18.50 €plus shipping
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Bedřich Smetana

Macbeth

for piano
Bärenreiter Urtext

for: Piano

Music score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 680592

12.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Bedřich Smetana

From Bohemia's Woods and Fields

from: Má vlast (My Country)
Bärenreiter Urtext

for: Symphonic orchestra

Score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 679915

38.50 €plus shipping
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Bedřich Smetana

Šárka

from: Má vlast (My Fatherland)
Bärenreiter Urtext

for: Symphonic orchestra

Score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 675062

34.95 €plus shipping
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Die Moldau

für vier Flöten

for: 4 flutes (quartet)

Score, Parts

Item no.: 214487

15.00 €plus shipping
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Bedřich Smetana

Vltava

Bärenreiter Urtext

for: Piano 4 hands

Ensemble score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 620948

16.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Bedřich Smetana

Die Moldau

Sinfonische Dichtung No. 2 aus "Mein Vaterland"
Schott Piano Classics

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 351251

12.50 €plus shipping
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Bedřich Smetana

Die Moldau

for: Harp

Music score

Item no.: 581722

31.30 €plus shipping
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Bedřich Smetana

Vltava

Arrangement for great organ (1985)

for: Organ

Music score

Item no.: 283540

14.80 €plus shipping
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Bedřich Smetana

Die Moldau

Zwei Melodien aus dem berühmten Orchesterwerk

for: Accordion

Music score

Item no.: 389341

4.10 €plus shipping
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Bedřich Smetana

Die Moldau

leichte und gekürzte Fassung

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 689361

5.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Bedřich Smetana

Die Moldau

for: Violin, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 663346

10.99 €plus shipping
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Bedřich Smetana

Die Moldau

Ensemble Music 58

for: Flexible ensemble (5 parts), piano (school orchestra)

Score, Parts

Item no.: 289435

31.20 €plus shipping
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Bedřich Smetana

Streichquartett Nr. 1 e-Moll "Aus meinem Leben"

Aus meinem Leben
Bärenreiter Urtext-Ausgabe (Urtextausgabe) (Urtext)

for: 2 violins, viola, cello (string quartet)

Set of parts

Item no.: 475737

19.50 €plus shipping
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Bedřich Smetana

Streichquartett Nr. 1 e-Moll "Aus meinem Leben"

Aus meinem Leben
Bärenreiter Urtext (Urtextausgabe) (Urtext)

for: 2 violins, viola, cello (string quartet)

Study score

Item no.: 475753

14.50 €plus shipping
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Bedřich Smetana

The Moldau (Vltava)

Bärenreiter Urtext

for: Symphonic orchestra

Score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 627127

39.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Bedřich Smetana

Aus der Heimat

2 Duos für Violine und Klavier

for: Violin, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 360251

14.95 €plus shipping
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Bedřich Smetana

Trio für Klavier, Violine und Violoncello g-moll op. 15

for: Violin, cello, piano (piano trio)

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 378800

26.80 €plus shipping
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Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana

Orgelwerke

for: Organ

Music score

Item no.: 218371

13.00 €plus shipping
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Bedřich Smetana

From the Homeland

(Urtext)

for: Violin, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 551962

14.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Bedřich Smetana

Die Moldau

Sinfonische Dichtung Nr. 2 aus dem Zyklus "Mein Vaterland". Für Klavier bearbeitet

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 108774

13.50 €plus shipping
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Bedřich Smetana

2 Waltzes

for: Cello, guitar

Sheet music

Item no.: 1305550

6.10 €plus shipping
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Bedřich Smetana

Streichquartett e-Moll "Aus meinem Leben"

for: 2 violins, viola, cello (string quartet)

Single part(n)

Item no.: 360252

19.95 €plus shipping
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Bedřich Smetana

String Quartet E minor

From my life

for: 2 violins, viola, cello (string quartet)

Study score

Item no.: 755974

9.99 €
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Bedřich Smetana

Rondo C-Dur

für 2 Klaviere zu 8 Händen
Originalkomposition

for: 2 pianos 8 hands

2 Performance scores

Item no.: 379022

25.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Bedřich Smetana

Die Moldau

Sinfonische Dichtung
für Klavier bearb. von Otto Schulhof

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 282858

15.35 €plus shipping
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Bedřich Smetana

Vysehrad

Mein Vaterland Nr. 1 Symphonische Dichtung
Eulenburg Studienpartituren

for: Symphonic orchestra

Study score

Item no.: 391688

14.50 €plus shipping
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Bedřich Smetana

Bedrich Smetana: Piano Trio G Minor Op. 15

Urtext

for: Violin, cello, piano (piano trio)

Piano score, parts (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 682576

30.50 €plus shipping
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Bedřich Smetana

Sonnenuntergang

Leuckart-Chorblatt

for: Women's choir (SSA) a cappella

Choir score

Item no.: 339561

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Bedřich Smetana

The Moldau

Symphonic Poem No. 2 from "My Fatherland"

for: Piano

Sheet music

Item no.: 755997

8.99 €
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Bedřich Smetana

Klavierkompositionen 1

Frühkompositionen, Bagatellen und Impromptus

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 304054

20.50 €plus shipping
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Bedřich Smetana

Chor der Landleute (uit "Die Verkaufte Braut")

Landliedenkoor
Harmonia-Womens Choir

for: Women's choir (SSAA), piano

Choir score

Item no.: 908869

3.25 €plus shipping
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Bedřich Smetana

My Country (Má vlast)

Bärenreiter Urtext

for: Symphonic orchestra

Study score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 618003

54.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Bedřich Smetana - The Moldau (Vltava)

Demo

Bedřich Smetana

The Moldau (Vltava)

Má Vlast/ My Fatherland No. 2
Eulenburg Audio+Score

for: Symphonic orchestra

Study score, CD

Item no.: 471808

15.00 €plus shipping
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Bedřich Smetana

Czech Dances

Bärenreiter Urtext

for: Piano

Music score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 460665

23.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Bedřich Smetana

Ausgewählte Werke

Schott Piano Collection

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 353168

18.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Bedřich Smetana

Streichquartett d-Moll

Eulenburg Studienpartituren

for: 2 violins, viola, cello (string quartet)

Study score

Item no.: 391533

12.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Bedřich Smetana

Veno: slavostní sbor

for: Male choir (TTB) a cappella

Choir score

Item no.: 549235

9.90 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Bedřich Smetana

2 Waltzes

for: Clarinet, guitar

Sheet music

Item no.: 1305590

6.10 €plus shipping
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Bedřich Smetana

Die Moldau

for: Symphonic school orchestra

Score, Parts

Item no.: 668979

106.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Bedřich Smetana

Die Moldau

aus: Mein Vaterland

for: Violin, cello, piano (piano trio)

Score, Parts

Item no.: 200399

18.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Bedřich Smetana

Die Moldau (Mein Vaterland)

Edition Pro Salon

for: 2 violins, cello, double bass, piano (quintet)

Item no.: 137973

12.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Bedřich Smetana

Trio G minor

Bärenreiter Urtext

for: Violin, cello, piano (piano trio)

Score, Parts (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 375916

25.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Bedřich Smetana

Klavierkompositionen 4

autorisierte Archivkopie

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 114547

46.00 €plus shipping
Special manufacture. Delivery time: 3–4 weeks.

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