Piano Quintets



First name: Bohuslav
Last name: Martinu
Dates: 1890-1959
Category: Quintet
Nationality: Czech
Opus name: Klavirni Kvintet no. 1 (1933)
Publisher: Accolade
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Information: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Bohuslav Martin (December 8, 1890 – August 28, 1959) was a prolific Czech composer of modern classical music. Martin? wrote 6 symphonies, 15 operas, 14 ballet scores and a large body of orchestral, chamber, vocal and instrumental works. Martin? became a violinist in the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, and taught music in his home town. In 1923 Martin? 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 Kuchy?ské revue (\"Kitchen Revue\"). In the early 1930s he found his main font for composition style, the neo-classical as developed by Stravinsky. With this, he expanded to become a prolific composer, composing chamber, orchestral, choral and instrumental works at a fast rate. His use of the piano obbligato became his signature. His Concerto Grosso and the Double Concerto for Two String Orchestras, Piano and Timpani are among his best known works from this period. Among his operas, Juliette and The Greek Passion are considered the finest. He is compared with Prokofiev and Bartók in his innovative incorporation of Central European ethnomusicology into his music. He continued to use Bohemian and Moravian folk melodies throughout his oeuvre, usually nursery rhymes—for instance in Otvírání studánek (\"The Opening of the Wells\"). His symphonic career began when he emigrated to the United States in 1941, fleeing the German invasion of France, to compose his six symphonies, which were performed by all the major US orchestras. Eventually Bohuslav Martin? returned to live in Europe in 1956, dying in Switzerland in August 1959.