Bohuslav Martinů

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Bohuslav Martinů
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Czech composer (December 8, 1890, Polička, Czechia - August 28, 1959, Liestal, Switzerland) of modernist classical music. He wrote almost 400 opuses, including six symphonies, 15 operas, 14 ballet scores and a large body of orchestral, chamber, vocal and instrumental works. In the 1930s he experimented with expressionism and constructivism, and became an admirer of current European technical developments. He also adopted jazz idioms. Of the post-war avant-garde styles, neo-classicism influenced him the most. He continued to use Bohemian and Moravian folk melodies throughout his oeuvre, usually nursery rhymes. 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.

In 1962, Komorní Orchestr Bohuslava Martinů was named after the composer, with a permission of his widow Charlotte Martinů. The renowned Philharmonic Orchestra from Zlín was also renamed as Bohuslav Martinů Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in the early 1989.
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DL 8510 Three Madrigals For Violin And Viola / Duo No.2 In B Flat Major For Violin And Viola, K. 424 — Bohuslav Martinů Martinu*, Mozart* - Joseph Fuchs, Lillian Fuchs Martinu*, Mozart* - Joseph Fuchs, Lillian Fuchs - Three Madrigals For Violin And Viola / Duo No.2 In B Flat Major For Violin And Viola, K. 424 Decca DL 8510 US 1950 Sell This Version
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EMS 2 Sonata For Piano And Flute / Piano Music — Bohuslav Martinů Bohuslav Martinu* - Rene Le Roy*, George Reeves / Charles Rosen Bohuslav Martinu* - Rene Le Roy*, George Reeves / Charles Rosen - Sonata For Piano And Flute / Piano Music(LP, Mono) EMS Recordings EMS 2 US 1950 Sell This Version
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MG 10040 Sinfonietta Giocosa / Lach Dances — Bohuslav Martinů Martinů*Germaine Leroux with Czech Philharmonic Orchestra* under Jaroslav Krombholc / Janáček*Czechoslovak Radio Symphony Orchestra* under Karel B. Jirák* Martinů*Germaine Leroux with Czech Philharmonic Orchestra* under Jaroslav Krombholc / Janáček*Czechoslovak Radio Symphony Orchestra* under Karel B. Jirák* - Sinfonietta Giocosa / Lach Dances(LP) Mercury MG 10040 US 1950 Sell This Version
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WL 50-4 Symphonic Poem Macbeth Op.23, Concerto Grosso — Bohuslav Martinů Richard Strauss, Bohuslav Martinů, Henry Swoboda Richard Strauss, Bohuslav Martinů, Henry Swoboda - Symphonic Poem Macbeth Op.23, Concerto Grosso(LP, Album) Westminster WL 50-4 US 1950 Sell This Version
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WL5079 Serenade Partita For String Orchestra — Bohuslav Martinů Bohuslav Martinů Serenade Partita For String Orchestra(LP, Album, Mono) Westminster WL5079 US 1951 Sell This Version
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C.7911, C.7912, C. 7913 Double Concerto For Two String Orchestras Piano & Timpani — Bohuslav Martinů Bohuslav Martinů, Rafael Kubelik, Philharmonia Orchestra Bohuslav Martinů, Rafael Kubelik, Philharmonia Orchestra - Double Concerto For Two String Orchestras Piano & Timpani(3xShellac, 12", Album, Mono) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice C.7911, C.7912, C. 7913 UK 1952 Sell This Version
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F-16 Toccata e Canzone / Concerto For Small Orchestra — Bohuslav Martinů Bohuslav Martinu* / Albert Roussel - Concert Hall Symphony Orchestra*, Henry Swoboda Bohuslav Martinu* / Albert Roussel - Concert Hall Symphony Orchestra*, Henry Swoboda - Toccata e Canzone / Concerto For Small Orchestra(LP, Mono, Ltd, Num, Red) Concert Hall F-16 US 1952 Sell This Version
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LP-14, WCFM-14 Quintet For Piano And String Quartet / String Quartet No. 6 — Bohuslav Martinů Piston*, Martinu*, The Walden String Quartet, Earl Wild Piston*, Martinu*, The Walden String Quartet, Earl Wild - Quintet For Piano And String Quartet / String Quartet No. 6(LP, Album) WCFM Recording Corp. LP-14, WCFM-14 US 1953 Sell This Version
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RELP 1062 Kammarorkestern 1953 — Bohuslav Martinů Sven-Erik Bäck, Bohuslav Martinů, Paul Hindemith Sven-Erik Bäck, Bohuslav Martinů, Paul Hindemith - Kammarorkestern 1953(LP) SR Records RELP 1062 Sweden 1955 Sell This Version
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RB-16030, RB.16030 Symphony No. 6 / Fantasies Symphoniques — Bohuslav Martinů Piston* / Martinu* - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch Piston* / Martinu* - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch - Symphony No. 6 / Fantasies Symphoniques RCA Victor Red Seal RB-16030, RB.16030 UK 1957 Sell This Version
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G7159 Taras Bulba / Les Fresques — Bohuslav Martinů Janáček* / Martinu* - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra* Conducted By Rafael Kubelik Janáček* / Martinu* - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra* Conducted By Rafael Kubelik - Taras Bulba / Les Fresques Capitol-EMI G7159 US 1959 Sell This Version
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CML 4859 A Parable Of Death — Bohuslav Martinů Lukas Foss, Bohuslav Martinů, Darius Milhaud Lukas Foss, Bohuslav Martinů, Darius Milhaud - A Parable Of Death (Album) Columbia Masterworks CML 4859 US 1959 Sell This Version
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ALP(S)-135, ALP(S) 135 Les Fresques De Piero Della Francesca / Concerto For Two String Orchestras, Piano And Timpani — Bohuslav Martinů Martinů*, Karel Sejna* / Karel Ancerl*, The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Martinů*, Karel Sejna* / Karel Ancerl*, The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra - Les Fresques De Piero Della Francesca / Concerto For Two String Orchestras, Piano And Timpani (Album) Supraphon ALP(S)-135, ALP(S) 135 US 1960 Sell This Version
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AVRS 6242 Concerto Da Camera / Concerto Funebre Für Solovioline Und Streichorchester — Bohuslav Martinů Bohuslav Martinů / Karl Amadeus Hartmann - Zürcher Kammerorchester, Edmond De Stoutz, Ulrich Lehmann Bohuslav Martinů / Karl Amadeus Hartmann - Zürcher Kammerorchester, Edmond De Stoutz, Ulrich Lehmann - Concerto Da Camera / Concerto Funebre Für Solovioline Und Streichorchester(LP) Amadeo AVRS 6242 Austria 1960 Sell This Version
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DV 5555 Průvodce Mladého Člověka Orchestrem / Fresky Piera Della Francesca — Bohuslav Martinů Benjamin Britten / Bohuslav Martinů - Česká Filharmonie*, Karel Ančerl Benjamin Britten / Bohuslav Martinů - Česká Filharmonie*, Karel Ančerl - Průvodce Mladého Člověka Orchestrem / Fresky Piera Della Francesca(LP) Gramofonový Klub DV 5555 Czechoslovakia 1960 Sell This Version
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DM 5761 Nonet / Concertino For Nine Solo Instruments, Op. 21 — Bohuslav Martinů Bohuslav Martinů, Zdeněk Folprecht, České Noneto* Bohuslav Martinů, Zdeněk Folprecht, České Noneto* - Nonet / Concertino For Nine Solo Instruments, Op. 21(10", Mono) Supraphon DM 5761 Czechoslovakia 1961 Sell This Version
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CGLP 75715 Trios Für Flöte, Violoncello Und Klavier — Bohuslav Martinů Carl Maria von Weber, Bohuslav Martinů Carl Maria von Weber, Bohuslav Martinů - Trios Für Flöte, Violoncello Und Klavier(LP, Mono, Gat) Christophorus CGLP 75715 Germany 1961 Sell This Version
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SUA 10424 String Quartet No. 5 / String Quartet No. 7 — Bohuslav Martinů Martinů*, Janáček Quartet, Vlach Quartet Martinů*, Janáček Quartet, Vlach Quartet - String Quartet No. 5 / String Quartet No. 7 (Album) Supraphon SUA 10424 Czechoslovakia 1962 Sell This Version
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С 271—272 Симфониетта = Sinfonietta Giocosa — Bohuslav Martinů Б. Мартину* - Анатолий Ведерников*, Симфонический Оркестр Московской Гос. Филармонии* Б. Мартину* - Анатолий Ведерников*, Симфонический Оркестр Московской Гос. Филармонии* - Симфониетта = Sinfonietta Giocosa Всесоюзная Студия Грамзаписи, Всесоюзная Студия Грамзаписи С 271—272 USSR 1962 Sell This Version
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8 20 291 Concertino Für Klavier (linke Hand) Und Orchester (1962), Konzert Für Klavier Und Orchester Nr. 4 Op. 53 (1931) (Für Die Linke Hand) — Bohuslav Martinů Bohuslav Martinu*, Sergej S. Prokofiew*, Loh-Orchester Sondershausen (Orchester Der Deutsch-sowietischen Freundschaft), Siegfried Rapp Bohuslav Martinu*, Sergej S. Prokofiew*, Loh-Orchester Sondershausen (Orchester Der Deutsch-sowietischen Freundschaft), Siegfried Rapp - Concertino Für Klavier (linke Hand) Und Orchester (1962), Konzert Für Klavier Und Orchester Nr. 4 Op. 53 (1931) (Für Die Linke Hand)(LP, Mono) ETERNA 8 20 291 German Democratic Republic (GDR) 1962 Sell This Version
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SUA 10191 Sonata No. 2 For Violoncello And Piano / Three Madrigals For Violin And Viola / Sonata No. 1 For Viola And Piano — Bohuslav Martinů Martinů* Sonata No. 2 For Violoncello And Piano / Three Madrigals For Violin And Viola / Sonata No. 1 For Viola And Piano Supraphon SUA 10191 Czechoslovakia 1963 Sell This Version
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ALP 205 Concerto For Violin And Orchestra / Concerto For Piano And Orchestra — Bohuslav Martinů Bohuslav Martinu* Concerto For Violin And Orchestra / Concerto For Piano And Orchestra Supraphon ALP 205 US 1963 Sell This Version
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SUA ST 50486 Concerto For Oboe And Orchestra / Concerto For Oboe And Orchestra — Bohuslav Martinů Martinů*, Strauss*, František Hanták, Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra, Turnovský*, Vogel* Martinů*, Strauss*, František Hanták, Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra, Turnovský*, Vogel* - Concerto For Oboe And Orchestra / Concerto For Oboe And Orchestra Supraphon SUA ST 50486 Czechoslovakia 1963 Sell This Version
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DEL 12016 Violin Sonata / Violin Sonata — Bohuslav Martinů Edward Elgar*, Martinu*, Alan Loveday, Leonard Cassini Edward Elgar*, Martinu*, Alan Loveday, Leonard Cassini - Violin Sonata / Violin Sonata(LP, Mono) Delta (3) DEL 12016 UK 1963 Sell This Version
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SUA 50611/13 Julietta — Bohuslav Martinů Bohuslav Martinů Julietta (Album) Supraphon, Supraphon SUA 50611/13 Czechoslovakia 1964 Sell This Version