Then, as soon as you step inside, you find yourself in a world of carefully controlled proportion combined with serene beauty. Whether you view it from the front
or from the stage looking back, it is a gem.
If you zoom in to a view of the organ pipes that command the upper portion of the back wall,
you see a large golden medallion of the hall's namesake composer--Bedrich Smetana.
He lived from 1824-1884 and is often called the father of Czech music even though his countryman Antonin Dvorak now has a more solid international reputation. Smetana had a tough and checkered life. Ironically, like Beethoven, he went deaf but continued to compose. His most enduring work is the 2nd movement of a symphonic tone poem called "Ma Vlast (My Country)", which is titled The Moldau. Listen to it here. It was intended to invoke the flow of the Vitava River from its source in the Bohemian mountains through the Czech countryside and to the city of Prague. It's a lovely piece of music.
Our survey of the hall now continues. Looking up invites you to take in glass skylight panels of delicate beauty.
Gold is the color of choice in emblazoned crests, exquisite grillwork, and splendid lighting fixtures.