For this week’s Knit to This, I humbly present music that got me through one of the snarlier traffic jams on I-40 East in Nashville the other day.
This piece, “Vltava,” is by the 19th-century Czech composer Bedřich Smetana. This is one of the six symphonic poems that make up Smetana’s composition Má Vlast (My Country).
I think my blood pressure actually dropped ten points during the 14 minutes that this silky, glorious music floated around the interior of my traffic-marooned Toyota.
Smetana lived from 1824 to 1884. He wrote Má Vlast shortly after completely losing his hearing in 1874.
I wish that this brilliant composer, who suffered mightily at the end of his life, could know that 135 years later, the Gimnazija Kranj Symphony Orchestra—young players in Slovenia—would play the heck out of his work.
And a crabby woman in Nashville would listen to it with a grateful heart.