Smetana's Moldau

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The Moldau The Moldau tells the story of a river in the country side of the Czech Republic. The Moldau is the second of six tone poems in the Ma Vlast collection. It was written in 1984 by BedRich Smetana. The Moldau is the most famous among the Ma Vlast collection and the most preformed. The instruments include one piccolo, two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, four French horns, two trumpets, three trombones, one tuba, timpani, bass drum, triangle, cymbals, harp, first violins, second violins, violas, cellos, doubles basses. I will address the instrumentation, texture, and a visual painting of the piece. This piece consists of a wide variety of instruments the flutes and harp start the piece off. The flutes give the piece an allegro commodo non agitato feel. Mainly because they have a very gentle tone that gives the intro to the piece a less agitated sound. Also, the flutes within the beginning of the piece give it an airy feel that is fast paced but not as aggressive and rushed. The flutes are also accompanied by the harp which uses the pizzicato technique. Not soon after that the few instruments are joined by the clarinets which begin to bring the piece together and a triangle note which introduces The Moldau melody. The Melody continues until it is interrupted by the French horns. The melody develops a less serene sound and becomes more upbeat and cold. The Wood winds manage to cut through the cold upbeat melody and begin to bring feeling back into the piece. The sound of serenity is reintroduced into the piece. Imagine the sun finally peeking out from behind the clouds after a rainy day and brushing against your skin, the wind Instruments hold long heartfelt notes during this time. This heartfelt theme is kept for awhile until the flutes reintroduce the Moldau melody. This does not last for long because the horns return accompanied by the
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