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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Bohuslav Martinu
Cello Concerto No 1 in D, H 196
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Cello Concerto No 1 in D, H 196

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Bohuslav Martinu
Legend of the Smoke from the Potato Fires (Songs of the Czech Highlands)H.360
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Legend of the Smoke from the Potato Fires (Songs of the Czech Highlands)H.360

Legend of the Smoke from the Potato Fires (Songs of the Czech Highlands)H.360

Performer
Ivana Grasic Antonic
Domagoj Pavlovic
Viktor Kircenkov
Tanja Bandalovic
Lana Genc
Singer
Ivana Garaj Korpar
Monica Cerovcec
Martina Gojčeta-Silić
Miroslav Zivkovic
Milan Miso Kravar
Vjekoslav Hudecek
Choir
Croatian Radio and Television Chorus
Conductor
Tonci Bilic
Bohuslav Martinu
3 Czech dances for piano
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3 Czech dances for piano

3 Czech dances for piano

Performer
Anastasia Vorotnaya
Bohuslav Martinu
Etudes and polkas (book 3)
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Etudes and polkas (book 3)
Bohuslav Martinu
Symphony No.5 (H.310) [1946]
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Symphony No.5 (H.310) [1946]
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Final scene (The Greek Passion)
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Final scene (The Greek Passion)
Bohuslav Martinu
Symphony No. 6 i) Lento - Andante moderato - Allegro - Lento
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Symphony No. 6 i) Lento - Andante moderato - Allegro - Lento
Bohuslav Martinu
Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 3 iii) Allegro (ma non Presto)
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Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 3 iii) Allegro (ma non Presto)
Bohuslav Martinu
Act iii, scene viii (Julietta)
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Act iii, scene viii (Julietta)

Act iii, scene viii (Julietta)

Choir
Chorus of the National Theatre, Prague
Orchestra
Orchestra of the National Theatre, Prague
Bohuslav Martinu
Final (La revue de cuisine)
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Final (La revue de cuisine)
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Charleston (La revue de cuisine)
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Charleston (La revue de cuisine)
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Le Jazz
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Le Jazz
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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
Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Cello and Piano, H. 315
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Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Cello and Piano, H. 315
Bohuslav Martinu
Symphony No 4
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Symphony No 4
Bohuslav Martinu
Sonata da Camera, H. 283
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Sonata da Camera, H. 283
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Little Suite, ('Comedy on the Bridge', H. 247a)
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Little Suite, ('Comedy on the Bridge', H. 247a)
Bohuslav Martinu
Part-song book - 4 madrigals for mixed chorus [1959]
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Part-song book - 4 madrigals for mixed chorus [1959]
Bohuslav Martinu
The Frescoes of Piero della Francesca
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The Frescoes of Piero della Francesca
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
Polka in A minor (Etudes and Polkas - Book 1)
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Polka in A minor (Etudes and Polkas - Book 1)
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The Wedding Polka (Spalicek - suite no. 1)
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The Wedding Polka (Spalicek - suite no. 1)
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Half-time
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Half-time
Bohuslav Martinu
Sextet for Piano and Winds, H 174 - V Finale
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Sextet for Piano and Winds, H 174 - V Finale
Bohuslav Martinu
Variations on a theme of Rossini for cello and piano
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Variations on a theme of Rossini for cello and piano
Bohuslav Martinu
Double Concerto for Two String Orchestras, Piano and Timpani, H271
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Double Concerto for Two String Orchestras, Piano and Timpani, H271
Bohuslav Martinu
Symphony No 4
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Symphony No 4
Bohuslav Martinu
Violin Concerto No. 1, H.226
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Violin Concerto No. 1, H.226
Bohuslav Martinu
Variations on a theme by Rossini for cello and piano [1942]
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Variations on a theme by Rossini for cello and piano [1942]
Bohuslav Martinu
The Frescos of Piero della Francesca
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The Frescos of Piero della Francesca
Bohuslav Martinu
Dream of the Past - symphonic poem
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Dream of the Past - symphonic poem
Bohuslav Martinu
Songs on one page
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Songs on one page
Bohuslav Martinu
Bergerettes (Poco Allegro)
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Bergerettes (Poco Allegro)
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String Quartet No.3
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String Quartet No.3
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Double Concerto for two string orchestras, piano and timpani
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Double Concerto for two string orchestras, piano and timpani
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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