Israel’s ‘Hatikva’ Connection To The Czech Republic’s ‘The Moldau’

One of my favorite classical music pieces is “Ma Vlast” [My Homeland] by the great Czech composer Bedrich Smetana.  This is a set of 6 symphonic poems that contains one of the most beautiful motifs in classical music in the second movement called “The Moldau”.  

Classical composer Bedrich Smetana honored his country – the Czech Republic with his beautiful “Ma Vlast”

After the “Star Spangled Banner”, my favorite national anthem is Israel’s “Hatikva”, meaning ‘the Hope’.  It is truly a beautiful national anthem that happens to employ a variation of the beautiful Moldau theme from Smetana. 

Israel’s “Hatikva” employs a variation of the Moldau theme

Check out these two beautiful pieces of music.

Note: In the video below of “The Moldau”, the main theme starts at the 1:11 mark.

Smetana: Ma Vlast, Movement 2, “The Moldau”:

Hatikva “The Hope” – National Anthem of Israel:

Authored By Tales from a tribble