Smetana’s List of His Own Works until 1858
|Keywords||Bedřich Smetana – list of compositions – Smetana’s works composed from 1845 to 1858 – piano compositions – album leaves – polkas|
|Citation||MOJŽÍŠOVÁ, Olga . Smetana’s List of His Own Works until 1858. Musicalia. Journal of the Czech Museum of Music / Časopis Českého muzea hudby . Prague: National Museum, 2016, 8(1-2), 59-77. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/muscz-2017-0003. ISSN 1803-7828 (Print), 2533-5634 (Online). Also available from: https://publikace.nm.cz/en/periodicals/mjotcmom/8-1-2/smetanas-list-of-his-own-works-until-1858|
Bedřich Smetana made three lists of his own compositions. The first, dated 1841, presents a selection of compositions from the period of his grammar school studies in 1840–1841. The second was made in Sweden in late 1858 and early ’59, and it contains works composed in Prague and Gothenburg between 1845 and 1858. The last, most extensive list was made gradually from 1875 until 1883. The most important list is the second one, which gives a nearly complete overview of Smetana’s works from the 1840s and ’50s, and it is of particular value for the Prague period through 1856, during which the genesis and chronology of his works are less clear. The introductory part of the study characterizes all three lists and provides information about their creation. This is followed by an edition of the second list with commentary. The edition presents a complete version of the list based on the original, and in the appended commentaries, it explains and, where necessary, corrects Smetana’s information on the basis of the sources and of the discoveries of existing Smetana research.