Year of Publication


Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation


Fine Arts



First Advisor

Daniel Mason


Z domoviny (From My Homeland), by Bedřich Smetana (1824-84), is among the most colorful and effective works for violin and piano of the 19th century, and yet it is not as well-known, nor as often performed, as many other works by Antonín Dvořák, Johannes Brahms, Pablo de Sarasate, Henryk Wieniawski and their contemporaries. This document will attempt to balance the work’s place in the repertoire and provide a performer’s guide. It consists of an historical background of the composition, including a biography of Smetana; a discussion of his compositional technique and style, along with an exploration of his nationalistic style; an analysis of this programmatic work with an in-depth study of Smetana’s use of Czech elements such as melody, motif, rhythm, and harmony, including comparisons between Z domoviny, other works by Smetana, and successors of Smetana of similar character; and, finally, suggestions that will assist in the performance of the piece.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)