Vltava (The Moldau) is the most famous and frequently performed tone poem from the cycle Má Vlast by the Czech composer Bedrich Smetana. It was written between 20 November and 8 December 1874, but only in 1879-1880, with the completion of Má Vlast, did it appear in print, when Urbánek issued it in full score, along with a version for Piano duet.
Owing to the large number of misprints in the Urbánek first edition, Hugh Macdonald has based this new edition on the autograph score, with cross-references to the first edition and the composer’s own version for Piano duet. Conflicting readings in the sources are listed in the Critical Commentary along with a discussion of all editorial decisions.
- New Urtext edition with clear and uncluttered engraving.
- Informative foreword (Eng/Cz/Ger) including a contribution by Smetana scholar Olga Mojžíšová.
- Includes a detailed Critical Commentary (Eng).