This volume of Smetana´s piano works contains 3 early cycles from the years 1844 to 1849. The Bagatelles et Impromptus are the result of the twenty-year-old´s first foray into composing a cycle of pieces. The Six Morceaux caractéristiques op. 1, freer in form and technically more demanding, mark the beginning of Smetana´s artistic relationship with Franz Liszt, who recommended this work for publication (1851). Wedding Scenes were composed as a present for the wedding of one of Smetana´s pupils,Maria Thun-Aehrenthal. The programmatic cycles are complemented by five early polkas, which have remained popular up to this day.