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FRANK MARTIN  

(1890 - 1974)

Swiss and of remoter French ancestry, Frank Martin later settled in Holland, while teaching composition in Cologne. He had earlier been associated with the Dalcroze Institute, while enjoying a career also as a keyboard player and teacher. His music combines a German element with French in a musical idiom that is his own, which remained tonal even after the principles of Schoenberg’s serialism had been absorbed and adapted to his own particular use.

Stage Music

Martin wrote two operas, a version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest (Der Sturm) and of Molière’s Monsieur de Pourceaugnac. Ballets include Das Märchen vom Aschenbrödel (‘The Story of Cinderella’), and there is what is described as an oratorio/spectacle in Le mystère de la Nativité (‘The Mystery of the Nativity’). He provided incidental music for plays from the Oedipus trilogy of Sophocles, for Racine’s Athalie and for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Orchestral Music

Frank Martin’s Petite symphonie concertante, for harpsichord, harp, piano and two string orchestras, is probably the best known of his compositions. His concertos include a somewhat astringent First Piano Concerto; a concerto for wind instruments, percussion and strings; a violin concerto; a harpsichord concerto; a second piano concerto; and a cello concerto. His five Ballades are also scored for solo instruments with a small orchestra, featuring respectively saxophone, flute, trombone or tenor saxophone and cello, with a final Ballade for viola, wind, harpsichord and harp.

Chamber Music

Chamber music by Frank Martin includes a variety of music, including three of the Ballades later orchestrated, a sonata da chiesa for viola d’amore and organ, two violin sonatas and a string quartet.

Keyboard Music

Martin’s piano music ranges from Ouverture et foxtrot for two pianos to the final Fantaisie sur des rythmes flamenco (‘Fantasy on Flamenco Rhythms’). He wrote a passacaglia for organ.

Vocal and Choral Music

Choral music includes the oratorios Golgotha and In terra pax and a cantata, Pilate, as well as a setting of the Mass and a Requiem. His song settings range from Ronsard to Rilke.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BALLADES FOR SAXOPHONE AND ORCHESTRA Naxos
8.557454
Orchestral
BROUWER, L.: Concierto de Benicàssim / RODRIGO, J.: Concierto de Aranjuez / MARTIN, F.: Guitare (Trápaga, Real Filharmonía de Galicia, Díaz) Naxos
8.573542
Orchestral
Cello and Piano Recital: Nyikos, Markus / Smýkal, Jaroslav - BURKHARD, W. / HONEGGER, A. / FRANK, M. Musiques Suisses
MGB-6161
Chamber Music
Chamber Music - BALISSAT, J. / BLANK, W. / HOSTETTLER, M. / MARTIN, F. / PERRIN, J. / SCOLARI, H. (Sine Nomine) Musiques Suisses
MGB-CTS-M57
Chamber Music
Chamber Music - BOWEN, Y. / MARTIN, F. / SKÖLD, Y. / LEITNER, E.L. (Viola and Organ) (B. Royer, B. Leitner, Teufel-Lieli) Gramola Records
Gramola99168
Chamber Music
Chamber Music (Piano Trio) - JUON, P. / MARTIN, F. / SCHNYDER, D. (Swiss Piano Trio) Musiques Suisses
MGB-6215
Chamber Music
Chamber Music (Switzerland) - LEVY, E. / MARTIN, F. / SUTER, H. (Rhapsody - Swiss Chamber Music) (Cincera, Corti, I. Frank, B. Friedrich, Häussler) Musiques Suisses
MGB-6201
Chamber Music
Choral Concert: Stockholm Cathedral Choir - BRITTEN, B. / LARSSON, L.-E. / MARTIN, F. (Rejoice in the Lamb) Proprius
PROP7782
Choral - Sacred
Choral Music - MARTIN, F. / MARTINŮ, B. (The Secret Mass) (Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Creed) OUR Recordings
6.220671
Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular
Contemporary Music for Strings - MARTIN, F. / HINDEMITH, P. / BERKELEY, L. / BARBER, S. (Munchinger) (1956) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81086
Orchestral
Guitar Recital: Jose Antonio Escobar Naxos
8.555719
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Michalis Kontaxakis Naxos
8.570191
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Topchii, Marko - JOSÉ, A. / CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M. / MARTIN, F. / KOSHKIN, N. / DYENS, R. Naxos
8.573963
Instrumental
MARTIN, F.: 3 Danses / LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Double Concerto for Oboe and Harp / IBERT, J.: Symphonie concertante (Pesko) Campanella Musica
C130045
Orchestral
MARTIN, F.: Ariel / Ode a la musique / Mass for Double Choir (Yngwe) Swedish Society
SCD1118
Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular
MARTIN, F.: Ballade for Flute and Orchestra / NIELSEN, C.: Flute Concerto / IBERT, J.: Flute Concerto / BERNSTEIN, L.: Halil (Faust) Capriccio
C10495
Orchestral
MARTIN, F.: Ballades (Integrale des oeuvres pour flute) (Pahud, Swiss Romande Orchestra, T. Fischer) Musiques Suisses
MGB-6275
Chamber Music, Orchestral, Chamber Music, Orchestral, Chamber Music
MARTIN, F.: Cantate pour le temps de Noël / 3 Chants de Noël (Stock, Koch) Musiques Suisses
MGB-6259
Choral - Sacred, Vocal, Choral - Sacred, Vocal, Choral - Sacred
MARTIN, F.: Golgotha [Oratorio] (Locher, Romei, Brodard, Berlin Symphony, Koch) Musiques Suisses
MGB-6221
Choral - Sacred
MARTIN, F.: Mass for Double Choir / BRUNNER, A.: Weihnachtsevangelium (Das) (Collegium Vocale, Musicuria, Knall) Musiques Suisses
MGB-6177
Choral - Sacred
MARTIN, F.: Mass for Double Choir / KODALY, Z.: Missa brevis / POULENC, F.: Litanies a la vierge noire (Bavarian Radio Chorus, Dijkstra) BR-Klassik
403571900500
Choral - Sacred
MARTIN, F.: Mystère de la Nativité (Le) [Oratorio] (Lucerne Symphony, Koch) Musiques Suisses
MGB-6173
Choral - Sacred
MARTIN, F.: Petite symphonie concertante / Violin Concerto (Desarzens, Schneiderhan, Ansermet) (1950, 1954) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80129
Concerto, Orchestral, Concerto, Orchestral
MARTIN, F.: Requiem (Esser, Gohl, Scheffel, Bruns, Musicuria, Knall) Musiques Suisses
MGB-6183
Choral - Sacred
MARTIN, F.: Vin herbé (Le) [Oratorio] (Sung in German) (Cebotari, Patzak, Zadek, Poell, Budapest Philharmonic members, Fricsay) (1948) Orfeo
C890142A
Choral - Sacred
MARTIN, F.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 / Trio sur des mélodies populaires irlandaises / 4 Pieces brèves (Stakian, Desarzens, Charosky, Fuchs) Musiques Suisses
MGB-6241
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental
MARTIN, F.: Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke (Die) (Damerau, Philharmonia Zürich, Luisi) Accentus Music
PHR0108
Vocal
MARTIN, F.: Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke (Die) (Lipovšek, Austrian Radio Symphony, Zagrosek) Orfeo
C164881A
Vocal
MARTIN, F.: Works with Guitar (Brütsch, Zünd, Koch, Scheck, Pechota, Vigfusson, Terragni, Traub, Loepfe, Stampa) Musiques Suisses
MGB-6264
Vocal Ensemble, Instrumental, Vocal Ensemble, Vocal, Vocal Ensemble, Instrumental, Vocal, Instrumental
MARTIN: Mass / PIZZETTI: Requiem Proprius
PRCD9965
Choral - Sacred
MARTIN: Violin Concerto / Cello Concerto First Edition
FECD-0020
Concerto
Orchestral Music - HAYDN, J. / MARTIN, F. / STRAVINSKY, I. (Bavarian Radio Symphony, Ansermet) Orfeo
C266921B
Concerto
Orchestral Music - MARTIN, F. / KELTERBORN, R. / HOLLIGER, H. / SCHOECK, O. / HUBER, K. (Camerata Bern) Musiques Suisses
MGB-CTS-M69
Orchestral
Orchestral Music - STRAVINSKY, I. / HONEGGER, A. / MARTIN, F. (Skride, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, T. Fischer) Orfeo
C849121A
Concerto
Piano Trios - CLARKE, R. / BABADJANIAN, A. / MARTIN, F. (Trios from Our Homelands) (Lincoln Trio) Cedille
CDR90000-165
Chamber Music
SACHER, Paul: Resonanzen (1961-1987) Musiques Suisses
MGB-6240
Orchestral
SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Cello Concerto No. 1 / LALO, E.: Cello Concerto / MARTIN, F.: Ballade (Wen-Sinn Yang, Giessen State Theatre Philharmonic, Hofstetter) Oehms Classics
OC1838
Orchestral
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R.: Bass Tuba Concerto in F Minor / FRANCAIX, J.: Quadruple Concerto / WAXMAN, F.: Athaneal (20th Century Wind Concertos) Capriccio
C10522
Orchestral
Vocal Recital (Baritone): Kränzle, Johannes Martin - KLEIN, R.R. / MAHLER, G. / MARTIN, F. / RAVEL, M. (Das ewige Rätsel) Oehms Classics
OC1887
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Souzay, Gerard - SCHUBERT, F. / MARTIN, F. / RAVEL, M. / STRAUSS, R. (Schwetzinger Festspiele Edition, 1960) SWR Classic
CD93.717
Vocal




 
 
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