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Biography of Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959): biography, sheet music, recordings, weblinks and literature

Biography of Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959)

Born in Policka, living in the bell tower
Early learning violin (before reading)
First compositions
Successful violin recital
Studies at Prague conservatory with Suk
Is expelled from the conservatory due to negligence
During World War I return to his city of birth, working as a teacher, to avoid conscription.
Orchestral violinist at Czech Philharmonic for ten years
Move to Paris and studies with Roussel
End of the work on the sextett (with jazzy characteristics)
Composition of the Sonata for flute, violin and piano, dedicated to the wife of Moyse
In world war II flight over the Pyrenees and Spain to America, being teacher at the Mannes School of Music in New York
Composition of flute sonata (H.306), dedicated to the principal flute of Boston Symphony Orchestra, Georges Laurent
Until 1948 lectorship at Prague conservatory
Premiere of the flute sonata in New York, played by Lois Scheafer
Move to Switzerland
Dies in Liestal near Bale

Sheet music for flute:

First Sonata
edition on notenbuch.deCD-Aufnahmen bei jpc.deMP3-Download bei
(flute, piano)
Hal Leonard, HL50236470
Rating: mid-grade
  1. Allegro moderato
  2. Adagio
  3. Allegro poco moderato
Very nice. Many time changes.

Sestetto (Es-Dur)
edition on notenbuch.deCD-Aufnahmen bei jpc.deMP3-Download bei
(flute, oboe, clarinet, 2 bassoons, piano)
Panton, P0403
Rating: difficult
  1. Poco andante
  2. Adagio
  3. Scherzo
  4. Blues (II. Divertimento)
  5. Finale
Score, from which the piano has to play and parts. Nice edition on good paper.

edition on notenbuch.deCD-Aufnahmen bei jpc.deMP3-Download bei
(flute, cello, piano)
Hal Leonard, HL50225240
Rating: mid-grade
  1. Poco Allegretto
  2. Adagio
  3. Andante - Allegretto scherzando

CDs with/from Bohuslav Martinu

John Ferrillo, Thomas Martin, Haldan Martinson, Susan Nelson, Sally Pinkas, Richard Ranti, Rhonda Ryder, Fenwick Smith
Martinu - Chamber Music with Flute (2010)
Flute Sonata - Sextet for Piano and Woodwinds
    Sonata for Flute, Violin and Piano H. 254 (1936):
  1. Allegro poco moderato (03:57:00)
  2. Adagio (03:34:00)
  3. Allegretto (03:43:00)
  4. Moderato (04:43:00)
  5. Sonata for Flute and Piano H.306 (1945):
  6. Allegro moderato (06:56:00)
  7. Adagio (06:13:00)
  8. Allegro poco moderato (05:18:00)
  9. Sextet for Piano and Woodwinds H.174 (1929):
  10. Preludium - Poco andante (03:21:00)
  11. Adagio (03:49:00)
  12. Scherzo - Allegro vivo (Divertimento I) (02:29:00)
  13. Blues (Divertimento II) (03:03:00)
  14. Finale (02:38:00)
  15. Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano H.300 (1944):
  16. Poco Allegretto (04:24:00)
  17. Adagio (06:43:00)
  18. Andante - Allegretto scherzando (07:59:00)
James Galway, Phillip Moll
Sonatas by Dvorak - Feld - Martinu (1988)
    Antonin Dvorák: Sonatina, op. 100:
  1. Allegro risoluto (05:50:00)
  2. Larghetto (04:50:00)
  3. Molto vivace (02:56:00)
  4. Allegro (06:17:00)
  5. Bohuslav Martinu: Sonata No. 1:
  6. Allegro moderato (06:48:00)
  7. Adagio (06:30:00)
  8. Allegro poco moderato (05:09:00)
  9. Jindrich Feld: Sonata:
  10. Allegro giocoso (04:08:00)
  11. Grave (07:54:00)
  12. Allegro vivace (06:22:00)

Literature von/über Bohuslav Martinu

Last edit 30.06.2013