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For my first selection of music for this final project I chose The Moldau by Bedrich Smetana The reason I chose this piece was first it is a symphonic poem and second because it perfectly exemplified the use of nationalist style and word painting The Moldau is a symphonic poem representing Nationalist pride for Smetanas country It is the second of six symphonic poems from the orchestral piece My Country A symphonic poem is a one-movement orchestral form that in this case suggests a scene It was written over a five-year span that covered the revolution against Austrian rule The Moldau is a perfect example of a nationalist song which is a song of folk pride for ones countryThe piece The Moldau represents scenes along the river Moldau in Bohemia It is here that we see the use of word painting music expressed as though it were a painting to be seen It begins as a few streams in the forest flowing into the mighty river painted with a flute and some clarinets and leading to violins The journey takes us through a day in the forest where we see hunting peasants dancing at a wedding nymphs in the moonlight the St Johns Rapids the Ancient Castle and back to the River theme as the river dies away It is truly an enchanting piece
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