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Bedrich Smetana
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    (March 2, 1824-May 12, 1884)
    Born in Litomysl, Czech Republic
    Best known works were the opera 'The Bartered Bride,' the symphonic cycle 'Ma Vlast' ('My Fatherland') and the string quartet 'From My Life'
    Considered the father of Czech naational music
    He joined a revolt against the Austro-Hungarian monarchy (1848), then two years later accepted a position as Emperor Ferdinand's Court Pianist.
    While teaching music in Sweden, he had an extramarital affair with one of his students.
    He went mad from syphilis and was confined to an asylum a month before his death.
    Three of his six daughters died in infancy.
    He claimed that after hearing a conductor in Vienna say that Czechs were incapable of making music of their own, 'I swore there and then that no other than I should beget a native Czech music.'
    Despite going deaf (1874), he was able to write two operas, a string quartet and several other works before going insane nine years later.

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