Martinu, Impromptu For Violin And Piano

    Martinu, Impromptu For Violin And Piano


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    Born in Bohemia in 1890, Bohuslav Martinu was already composing by the age of ten.  In 1906, he was able to study violin with Josef Suk at the Prague Conservatorium with the assistance of a patron.  He was, however, more interested in composition and he went on to study this with Albert Roussel in Paris.  His music was influenced by jazz, Stravinsky, and Debussy whom he admired immensely.

    Impromptu for violin and piano (H. 166, Paris 1927) begins a new creative period in the life of Bohuslav Martinù. It consists of three short character pieces dotted with daring bitonal chords, balancing as a whole on the very edge of tonality. The author pitted the more or less diatonic violin part against the greatly dissonant piano. The piece is the first time Martinù appealed to beginning musicians, to whom he decided to give easier access to modern music. The current edition of Isa Popelka is based on the first edition of the work by Hudební Matice Umelecké Besedy (Prague, 1934), the Soviet edition (Moscow, 1968), and especially the composer’s manuscript housed in Policka.

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