Photo of composer Bedrich Smetana

Bedrich Smetana Quotes

Bedrich Smetana was a Czech composer in the 1800’s that was known as the father of Czech music. Internationally he is best known for his opera The Bartered Bride and for the symphonic piece Má vlast (“My Homeland”), which portrays the history and landscape of Smetana’s home.

Image: Photo of composer Bedrich Smetana

“By the grace of God and with His help, I shall one day be a Liszt in technique and a Mozart in composition.”

“When I was seventeen years old, I did not know C sharp from D flat. Ignorant of this, yet I wrote music.”

“I am not ashamed to reply to you in my mother tongue, however imperfectly, and am glad to be able to show that my fatherland means more to me than anything else.”

“You from within our glasses, you lusty golden brew, whoever imbibes takes fire from you. The young and the old sing your praises. Here’s to beer, here’s to cheer, here’s to beer.”

-Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884)

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Richard J. Chandler, BA, MA Bachelor of Arts-Music & Master of Arts-Psychology