Bohuslav Martinu

Composer. Born 8 December 1890. Died 28 August 1959
Bohuslav Martinu
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1890-12-08
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Bohuslav Martinu

Bohuslav Martinu Biography (BBC)

Born in a church tower in the village of Polička in the Bohemian-Moravian highlands, Bohuslav Martinů began violin lessons aged 7 and was sent to the Prague Conservatory, funded by the Polička villagers.

In 1923 he moved to Paris to study, and stayed for 17 years, absorbing the avant-garde as well as jazz influences, the latter enshrined in the chamber work La revue de cuisine (1927). He fled Paris for the USA following the German invasion of 1940, taking up teaching posts at Tanglewood and at Princeton University. Settling in New York, he was championed by Serge Koussevitzky and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Martinů's prolific output of over 400 works crosses all genres – from piano solo to opera, from chamber music to ballet and film music – and his unclassifiable style has contributed to his works falling into neglect. Among his masterpieces is the cantata The Epic of Gilgamesh (1955) and the operas Julietta (1938) and The Greek Passion (completed in 1959). After leaving Paris he felt the constant pull of his homeland, though decided not to return after Czechoslovakia came under Communist rule in 1948. Instead, he returned to Western Europe for his final years.

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Symphony No.5 (H.310) [1946]
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Symphony No.5 (H.310) [1946]
Bohuslav Martinu
Songs on one page
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Songs on one page
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Bergerettes (Poco Allegro)
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Bergerettes (Poco Allegro)
Bohuslav Martinu
String Quartet No.3
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String Quartet No.3
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3 Czech dances for piano
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3 Czech dances for piano

3 Czech dances for piano

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Anastasia Vorotnaya
Bohuslav Martinu
Double Concerto for two string orchestras, piano and timpani
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Double Concerto for two string orchestras, piano and timpani
Bohuslav Martinu
La revue de cuisine - suite from the ballet
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La revue de cuisine - suite from the ballet
Bohuslav Martinu
Sonatina for clarinet & piano (1956)
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Sonatina for clarinet & piano (1956)

Sonatina for clarinet & piano (1956)

Performer
Valentin Uriupin
Yelena Komissarova
Bohuslav Martinu
Variations on a Slovak theme for cello and piano
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Variations on a Slovak theme for cello and piano
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La Jazz
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La Jazz
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Etudes and polkas - book 3 for piano
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Etudes and polkas - book 3 for piano
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Symphony no. 1
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Symphony no. 1
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Concerto no. 1 for cello and orchestra
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Concerto no. 1 for cello and orchestra
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Merry Christmas 1941
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Merry Christmas 1941
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Symphony no.2
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Symphony no.2
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The Frescoes of Piero della Francesca (2nd mvt)
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The Frescoes of Piero della Francesca (2nd mvt)
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Cello Concerto No 1 in D, H 196
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Cello Concerto No 1 in D, H 196
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Romance of the Dandelions
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Romance of the Dandelions
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Sonatina for clarinet and piano (Finale)
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Sonatina for clarinet and piano (Finale)
Bohuslav Martinu
Thunderbolt P-47
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Thunderbolt P-47
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Cello Sonata no. 1 - III. Allegro con brio
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Cello Sonata no. 1 - III. Allegro con brio

Cello Sonata no. 1 - III. Allegro con brio

Performer
Josef Chuchro (cello), Josef Hala (piano)
Bohuslav Martinu
Sonatina for clarinet & piano (1956)
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Sonatina for clarinet & piano (1956)
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A Lobster Falls in Love with a Pearl (On tourne!)
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A Lobster Falls in Love with a Pearl (On tourne!)
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What Men Live by: Overture & Scenes 1-2
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What Men Live by: Overture & Scenes 1-2
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Spalicek (Fairy tale of Cinderella, Waltz, Wedding, Polka)
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Spalicek (Fairy tale of Cinderella, Waltz, Wedding, Polka)
Bohuslav Martinu
Sonatina for clarinet and piano
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Sonatina for clarinet and piano
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Symphony No. 6 'Fantaisies Symphoniques'
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Symphony No. 6 'Fantaisies Symphoniques'
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Tango (Lento) from "La revue de Cuisine" (1930)
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Tango (Lento) from "La revue de Cuisine" (1930)
Bohuslav Martinu
Dance of the Bumblebee (Spalicek)
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Dance of the Bumblebee (Spalicek)
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Symphony No.2 (4th mvt)
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Symphony No.2 (4th mvt)
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Sonata No 1 for cello and piano
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Sonata No 1 for cello and piano
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Symphony No.4 (H.305) [1945]
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Symphony No.4 (H.305) [1945]
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The Kitchen Revue (La revue de cuisine) - suite from the ballet
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The Kitchen Revue (La revue de cuisine) - suite from the ballet
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Nonet H.374
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Nonet H.374
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Serenade No. 2 for strings
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Serenade No. 2 for strings
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Flute Sonata (3rd mvt: Allegro)
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Flute Sonata (3rd mvt: Allegro)
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Bergerettes for piano trio (Nos 2-4)
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Bergerettes for piano trio (Nos 2-4)
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Fantasy for Theremin, H. 301
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Fantasy for Theremin, H. 301
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Sextet (4th mvt, Blues; 5th mvt, FInale)
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Sextet (4th mvt, Blues; 5th mvt, FInale)
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Sextet (3rd mvt, Scherzo)
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Sextet (3rd mvt, Scherzo)

Sextet (3rd mvt, Scherzo)

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Orsino Ensemble
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