Smetana came first into the field; it was his work to gather the stones and to lay the foundation.
Smetana was a brilliant composer, but his value lies in his awakening of the Bohemians to musical creation.
Again, it was a stroke of good-fortune that Smetana's genius should turn at once in the direction of opera.
At parting he asked me to go with him next day to his physician, Dr. Smetana, who had gained some repute as an aurist.
And in Smetana's quartet Aus meinem Leben, the viola plays a most important rôle.
We have the authority of Cosmas for this; also Smetana composed an opera all about Libuša, so all our doubts are dispelled.
There is little wonder that Smetana has been almost canonised by his people.
Nevertheless, no one can doubt that one characteristic of the countrymen of Smetana and Dvok is their noble gift for music.
Smetana was the physician who had treated Karl when he was a boy at Giannatasios school.
Another celebrated performer was Auguste Auspitz, one of Smetana's best pupils.