Bedrich Smetana

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Birthday
2, 1824
Birthplace
Litomysl, Czech Republic
Death Date
May 12, 1884 (60)
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
2, 1824
Birthplace
Litomysl, Czech Republic
Death Date
May 12, 1884 (60)

About

The father of Czech music. He was remembered for "The Battered Bride," an opera, and "Má vlast," a symphonic cycle.

Before Fame

He first performed publicly when he was six. He later studied with the great pianist and composer Josef Proksch.

Trivia

He established a reputation for himself as a nationalistic composer during the 1848 Prague uprising, of which he was a participant.

Family Life

His father was a brewer who had become modestly wealthy selling clothing and provisions to the French Army during the Napoleonic Wars. He married Katerina Kolarova in 1849, with whom he had four children.

Associated With

He shared a close friendship with Franz Liszt.