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Smetana - Ma Vlast - Mvt 2a - The Moldau - Vltava - Second Queensland Youth Orchestra QYO2

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Published on Jul 2, 2010

Movement 2a, Ma Vlast, The Moldau, Vltava, My Fatherland, by Bedřich Smetana. QYO2, Second Queensland Youth Orchestra conducted by Sergei V Korschmin is performing this beautiful symphonic poem while on tour in Sydney. The concert continues here: http://www.youtube.com/A1okEZ#p/u/43/...

Live footage in HD with Dolby Stereo Sound.

These talented musicians, 13 to 23 years of age, are performing at a lunchtime concert in Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music on 27 June 2010. All the players are members of the Second Queensland Youth Orchestra, a full symphony orchestra based in Brisbane, Australia. http://qyo.org.au

Here are the links for the entire concert:

Mvt 1a http://www.youtube.com/A1okEZ#p/u/40/...
Mvt 1b http://www.youtube.com/A1okEZ#p/u/41/...
Mvt 2a http://www.youtube.com/A1okEZ#p/u/42/...
Mvt 2b http://www.youtube.com/A1okEZ#p/u/43/...
Mvt3 http://www.youtube.com/A1okEZ#p/u/44/...
Mvt 4a http://www.youtube.com/A1okEZ#p/u/45/...
Mvt 4b http://www.youtube.com/A1okEZ#p/u/46/...
Mvt 5a http://www.youtube.com/A1okEZ#p/u/47/...
Mvt 5b http://www.youtube.com/A1okEZ#p/u/48/...
Mvt 6a http://www.youtube.com/A1okEZ#p/u/49/...
Mvt 6b http://www.youtube.com/A1okEZ#p/u/50/...


Má Vlast is a set of six symphonic poems composed between 1874 and 1879 by the Czech composer Bedřich Smetana. While it is often presented as a single work in six movements, the individual pieces were conceived as a set of individual works.

Vltava, also known by its German name Die Moldau (or The Moldau), was composed between 20 November and 8 December 1874 and was premiered on 4 April 1875. It is about 12 minutes long, and is in the key of E minor.

In this piece, Smetana uses tone painting to evoke the sounds of one of Bohemia's great rivers. In his own words:

The composition describes the course of the Vltava, starting from the two small springs, the Cold and Warm Vltava, to the unification of both streams into a single current, the course of the Vltava through woods and meadows, through landscapes where a farmer's wedding is celebrated, the round dance of the mermaids in the night's moonshine: on the nearby rocks loom proud castles, palaces and ruins aloft. The Vltava swirls into the St. John's Rapids; then it widens and flows toward Prague, past the Vyšehrad, and then majestically vanishes into the distance, ending at the Labe (or Elbe, in German).

The piece contains Smetana's most famous tune. It is an adaptation of the Italian renaissance song Fuggi, fuggi, fuggi da questo cielo by the tenor Giuseppe Cenci (also known as Giuseppino) , a folk song of Italian renaissance origin, which is also the basis for the Israeli national anthem, Hatikvah. The tune also appears in major in an old folk Czech song Kočka leze dírou ("The Cat Crawls Through the Hole") and Hans Eisler used it for his "Song of the Moldau".

Czech Airlines play the main theme in their planes after they land.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Má_vlast
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