The Czech Bedrich Smetana
composed a pianoversion of the symphonical poem 'The Moldau'
probably as the starting point for the following orchestral version.
The story in short: We listen to the source of the river, the growth
into the larger stream, the forest with the hunting people, then the
quiet moongladed lake on which small elfs are dancing. As the river
continues it passes by a village where we hear traditional Czech wedding
music, then the famous Castle Vysherad motive. The river floats through
Prague and ends after the St. Johns streams in the Elbe, from where
the two rivers debouche into the sea. As far as known Tjako van Schie
is the first pianist to have recorded this piano version on cd. In this
version we already can spot most of the orchestrations which are unfolded
in the known orchestral version..
- The Moldau (orig. piano version!)