The Moldau (Vltava) Sheet Music (Piano)

Bedřich Smetana

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  • Level 59/100 (Advanced)
  • Scoring Piano Solo
  • Category Classical
  • Availability Download available Not available

Information about the piece

The Moldau (Vltava), composed by Bedrich Smetana, is a symphonic poem that forms part of a collection called Má vlast (My Homeland). This collection is a patriotic reflection of Czech lands, folklore, and history.

The piece was composed in 1874 and first performed the following year, with the title Vltava named after the famous river that runs through Prague. The inspiration came from Smetana's love for his homeland - the Czech Republic. The composer himself was almost completely deaf when he composed this masterpiece, relying on his memory of sound to create the music.

From a musical theory perspective, The Moldau uses a cyclic structure common in Romantic music. It follows a distinctive melody that is repeated and layered throughout the piece, effectively illustrating the journey of the river. The piece begins softly and smoothly, representing the two small springs (one warm and one cold) that join to form the river. As the music progresses, it becomes louder and more vigorous to depict the river's flow through forests and the countryside, and finally quietens down as it merges with the Elbe River.

Aimed at intermediate-level piano players, The Moldau stands as a compelling and enriching piece of music to add to your repertoire. Our sheet music provides a suitable piano arrangement for download after purchase, delivering the essence and beauty of the original orchestral piece. Intricate yet accessible, it allows you to faithfully narrate the musical journey of the Vltava river, right from your piano.

Sheet music information

All arrangements of The Moldau (Vltava) by Bedřich Smetana

Bedřich Smetana Piano Solo E Minor2 59/100 (Advanced) €4.40
Other Arrangements
Bedřich Smetana Piano Solo E Minor2 43/100 (Ambitious) €3.90
Bedřich Smetana Piano Solo E Minor1 49/100 (Ambitious) €2.20
Bedřich Smetana Piano Solo E Minor2 55/100 (Ambitious) €3.90
Bedřich Smetana Piano Solo E Minor19 64/100 (Advanced) €4.40