The Moldau by Smetana (Die Moldau)is one of the most beautiful musical themes ever written. This free classical piano music is arranged for intermediate-level students, or highly motivated 2nd or 3rd year students.
Pianists need to be able to easily reach an octave with the left hand.
This beautiful music dramatizes the story of a river (called "Vltava" in Bohemia/Czechoslovakia, but "Moldau" in German) from its small beginnings as a stream high in the mountains where little breezes blow, to meanderings past country villages, to splashing waves and rushing torrents which finally empty into the Elbe River.
Though the left hand begins with what seems to be a repetitious pattern, notice that it quickly goes into chord inversions! These can be a real stumbling block for students who are not prepared for them. You might have good luck with this piece approaching as a duet for the first week or so... the left hand takes real focus.
If you are interested in a much longer and fuller arrangement, this beautiful two-page version of The Moldau presents a real challenge.
In this piece, Smetana uses tone painting to evoke the sounds of one of Bohemia's great rivers. In his own words:
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