As a composer for the piano Smetana left a considerable number of works, especially Pol-
kas, which he idealized in a very poetic form. His Polka No. 1, op. 7, was one of Liszt's fa-
vorites; the subject of this dance will not be thought devoid of interest in this place:
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Two cycles of piano compositions, of which the first bears the title Rêves, and the other The Bohemian Dances, especially deserve the attention of the pianist. In this later work the