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Bohuslav Martinů entered the Prague Conservatory in 1906 to study the violin and, later, the organ. He left the Conservatory in 1910 to focus on composition. In 1923, he left Czechoslovakia for Paris; he moved to the US during the Second World War, remaining there until 1957. Although he spent most of his creative life away from his native Czechoslovakia, Martinů is the most prominent Czech composer of the 20th century, second only to Janáček.

Although Martinů became a full-time composer only in his late 20s, he wrote in virtually every instrumental and vocal genre, from small piano works to orchestral works and full operas and ballets. Trained in the Romantic music styles, he abandoned this after WWI and embraced more radical styles such as jazz and neo-classicism. He combined these with Czech folk melodies to create a voice unique not in only Czech music but also in international music. He wrote for instruments as old-fashioned as the harpsichord, as used here in a flute ensemble piece (8.553459) and as cutting edge as the electronic instruments the theremin and the ondes martenot (8.555779). He also wrote piano music (8.557914, 8.557918, 8.557919), works for cello and piano (8.554502, 8.554503), string quartets (8.553782, 8.553783, 8.553784), symphonies (8.553348, 8.553349, 8.553350) and operas (8.555138).

Join our special musical tour. Highlights include the complete symphonies and strings quartets, as well as a new release (8.570215) form Naxos’ ongoing recording project of the complete piano music.



Orchestral Music

8.553348
MARTINU: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 6
8.553349
MARTINU: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 4
8.553350
MARTINU: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 5
Chamber Music

8.553782
MARTINU: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 / Three Horsemen
8.554502
MARTINU: Works for Cello and Piano, Vol. 1
8.555779
Music for Ondes Martenot
8.553916
MARTINU: Chamber Music
8.553459
MARTINU: Flute Trios / Promenades / Madrigal Sonata
8.557861
MARTINU: Piano Quintets Nos. 1 & 2 / Sonata for 2 Violins and Piano

 

 
Keyboard Music

8.557914
MARTINU: Piano Music (Complete), Vol. 1
8.557918
MARTINU: Piano Music (Complete), Vol. 2
8.557919
MARTINU: Piano Music (Complete), Vol. 3
8.570215
MARTINU: Piano Music (Complete), Vol. 4
Keyboard Music

8.557494
MARTINU: Songs for mezzo-soprano and piano
8.555138
MARTINU: Epic of Gilgamesh (The)

 


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