Smetana: From the Homeland

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  • Composer: Bedřich Smetana
  • Editor: Milan Pospísil
  • Fingering: Ernst Schliephake
  • Instrumentation: Piano, Violin
  • ISMN: 979-020180756-0
  • Size: 9.3 x 12.2 inches
  • Pages: 25
  • Urtext / Critical Edition


"They are in a light style, intended more for use in the home than for concert performance". Thus Smetana described these two duets in which he memorialised his Bohemian homeland. It is a fact, though scarcely believable, that Smetana had by this time already been deaf for two years. The pieces were popular from the outset: Smetana was able to demand a high price for them, and even to play off several aspiring publishers against each other. The duets are not technically over-demanding, and attract by means of their joyful character and powerful melodies.