Antonio Vivaldi was ordained as a catholic priest in Venice. Later that year he was appointed violin teacher at the Venetian orphanage, la Pietá, where he composed vast amounts of works for stringed instruments, such as several superb violin concertos.
Bedrich Smetana wrote to Franz Liszt asking him to accept the dedication of his piano cycle Six morceaux caractéristiques op. 1, in the hopes of securing a publisher as well as a loan to start off the new music institute. Liszt replied full of praise and encouragement for the young composer and pointed him in the direction of the Leipzig publisher F. Kistner, who published the piano cycle in 1851.
No. 1. Vysehrad (The High Castle)
No. 2. Vltava (Moldau)
No. 3. Sarka
Fantasia con organo pleno
XV. Ik pak je
So gehst du nun, mein Jesu, hin
XVI. In jonge jaren
Praeludium in E Minor
XVII. Dag, arme charmezanger