Bedřich Smetana: Correspondence I (1840–1862)
This first volume of the collected critical edition of Smetana's correspondence contains in chronological order the texts of all his preserved correspondence sent and received from the years 1840–1862, as well as information concerning letters today missing about which we know from other sources. The letters are published in their original languages, with summaries and detailed annotations in Czech and English. Introductory studies discuss the history of publication of Smetana's correspondence, his use of the Czech and German languages in his correspondence in the context of his time, and the course of his life through 1862. Also included are a description of editorial principles, indexes, a list of sources and literature, and pictorial illustrations.