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Slide 2 The Moldau By Bedrich Smetana Slide 3 The Moldau by Bedrich Smetana Bedrich Smetana was from what is now the Czech Republic. Smetana loved his country so much, that he wrote a work with 6 parts called Ma Vlast, meaning my homeland The Moldau is one of these parts that describes, in musical tone painting, a famous river called the Vltava in Smetanas country. Tone painting is where a composer uses sound to illustrate a story or picture Slide 4 Smetana wrote this about his piece: Two springs pour forth in the shade of the Bohemian forest, one warm and gushing, the other cold and peaceful. Coming through Bohemias valleys, they grow into a mighty stream. Through the thick woods it flows as the merry sounds of a hunt and the notes of the hunters horn are heard ever closer. It flows through grass-grown pastures and lowlands where a wedding feast is being celebrated with song and dance. At night, wood and water nymphs revel in its sparkling waves. Reflected on its surface are fortresses and castleswitnesses of bygone days of knightly splendor and the vanished glory of martial times. The Moldau swirls through the St. John Rapids, finally flowing on in majestic peace toward Prague to be welcomed by historic Vysehrad. Then it vanishes far beyond the poets gaze. Slide 5 Musical images of scenes along the river Moldau, each scene marked by different instrumentation flutes for the bubbling spring horns for the hunt staccato strings for peasant dance double reeds for nymphs in moonlight Wide-ranging river theme, which recurs to unify the work. Shifts between minor and major mode (river theme heard in both major and minor). What to listen for: Teachers, click here to open Herbert von Karajan conducting The Moldau Slide 6 Source of river, two springsRippling figures in flute, then added clarinets; plucked string accompaniment. Stream broadens Rippling figure moves to low strings. River theme Stepwise melody in violins, minor mode, rippling in low strings Smetanas tone poem Can you hear? story: Slide 7 Hunting scene Fanfare in French horns and trumpets: Smetanas tone poem Can you hear? story: Slide 8 Rippling continues (in strings); dies down to gently rocking motion. Peasant dance Repeated notes in strings lead to rustic folk tune, staccato in strings and woodwinds: Smetanas tone poem Can you hear? story: *The village dance will not be performed on the Childrens Concert Slide 9 Closes with repeated single note in strings. Nymphs in mysterious moonlight Long notes in double reeds: Smetanas tone poem Can you hear? story: Slide 10 Rippling figures in flutes; muted string theme with harp, punctuated by French horn; brass crescendo, fanfare. River theme Like beginning, strings in minor, then shift to major (raised 3rd-scale step). St. John Rapids Brass and woodwinds exchange an agitated dialogue, build to climax, then die out. River theme Full orchestra, loudest statement. Smetanas tone poem Can you hear? story: Slide 11 Ancient castle (near river mouth)Hymnlike tune in brass, slow, then accelerates: Smetanas tone poem Can you hear? story: *The ancient castle will not be performed on the Childrens Concert Slide 12 River dies away Strings slow down, lose momentum; 2 forceful closing chords. Smetanas tone poem Can you hear? story:

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