Bohuslav Martinu, classical music composer

Bohuslav Martinu

Biography

Bohuslav Martinů (December 8, 1890 – August 28, 1959) was a prolific Czech composer of modern classical music. He wrote six symphonies, 15 operas, 14 ballet scores and a large body of orchestral, chamber, vocal and instrumental works. Martinů became a violinist in the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, and taught music in his home town. In 1923 Martinů left Czechoslovakia for Paris, and deliberately withdrew from the Romantic style in which he had been trained. In the 1930s he experimented with expressionism and constructivism, and became an admirer of current European technical developments, exemplified by his orchestral works Half-time and La Bagarre. He also adopted jazz idioms, for instance in his Kuchyňské revue ("Kitchen Revue"). Of the post–World War I styles, neoclassicism influenced him the most. He continued to use Czech and Moravian folk melodies throughout his oeuvre, usually nursery rhymes—for instance in Otvírání studánek ("The Opening of the Wells"). He emigrated to the United States in 1941, fleeing the German invasion of France. Although as a composer he was successful in America, receiving many commissions, he became homesick for Czechoslovakia. He never returned to his native country, and he died in Switzerland.

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Composer Title Date Action
Bohuslav Martinu Duo No. 2 02/12/2009 Play Add to playlist
Bohuslav Martinu Violin Concerto No. 2, H. 293 03/23/2009 Play Add to playlist
Bohuslav Martinu Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra 03/23/2009 Play Add to playlist
Bohuslav Martinu Variations on a Theme by Rossini 06/03/2009 Play Add to playlist
Bohuslav Martinu Variations on a Theme by Rossini 07/31/2010 Play Add to playlist
Bohuslav Martinu Variations on a Theme by Rossini 06/11/2011 Play Add to playlist
Bohuslav Martinu From "La Revue Du Cuisine": Tango & Charleston 10/08/2011 Play Add to playlist
Bohuslav Martinu La revue de cuisine, op. 161. "Prologue" 04/09/2012 Play Add to playlist
Bohuslav Martinu La revue de cuisine, op.161. "Charleston" 04/09/2012 Play Add to playlist
Bohuslav Martinu Variations on a Theme by Rossini 05/29/2013 Play Add to playlist