Ma vlast (Czech meaning "My country/homeland") is a set of six symphonic poems composed between 1874 and 1879 by the Czech composer Bedrich 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. They had their own separate premieres between 1875 and 1880; the premiere of the complete set took place on 5 November 1882 in Prague, under Adolf Čech, who had also conducted two of the individual premieres.
In these works Smetana combined the symphonic poem form pioneered by Franz Liszt with the ideals of nationalistic music which were current in the late nineteenth century. Each poem depicts some aspect of the countryside, history, or legends of Bohemia.
|Score Key:||E minor (Sounding Pitch) (View more E minor Music for Violin )|
|Time Signature:||6/8 (View more 6/8 Music)|
|Tempo Marking:||Allegro commodo non agitato (View more music marked Allegro)|
|Number of Pages:||2|
|Difficulty:||Easy Level: Recommended for Beginners with some playing experience|