Bohuslav Martinů: Concerto

Bohuslav Martinů Concerto
Concerto

Bohuslav Martinů: Concerto

Year of composition:
1935
Scored for:
for harpsichord and small orchestra
Composer:
Bohuslav Martinů
Soloists:
harpsichord
Instrumentation:
1 0 0 1 - 0 0 0 0 - pno - vln(3), vla, vc, cb
Instrumentation details:
flute
bassoon
piano
1st violin
2nd violin
3rd violin
viola
violoncello, double bass
Duration:
17’30”
Dedication:
Marcelle de Lacour
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Work introduction

This is a delightful piece in the French-Neoclassical style; its scoring almost suggests the chamber-musical genre. The synergy of harpsichord and piano produces some enchanting sonic effects which anticipate Frank Martin’s Petite Symphonie Concertante.

It was commissioned by the soloist Marcelle de Lacour, a pupil of the legendary Wanda Landowska, who was the key protagonist in returning the harpsichord to the concert stages of the 20th century. Only three months previously, in June 1935, Martinů had already composed Deux pièces for harpsichord for Marcelle de Lacour.

The Concerto was premiered on 29 February 1936 in Paris as part of the contemporary music cycle Concerts du Triton, conducted by Henri Tomasi.

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Concerto

Bohuslav Martinů: Concerto

solo part(s)
for harpsichord and small orchestra , 17’30”
Instr.: 1 0 0 1 - 0 0 0 0 - pno - vln(3), vla, vc, cb

Concerto

Bohuslav Martinů: Concerto

score
for harpsichord and small orchestra , 17’30”
Instr.: 1 0 0 1 - 0 0 0 0 - pno - vln(3), vla, vc, cb

World première

Location:
Paris (FR)
Date:
29.01.1936
Orchestra:
Ensemble Instrumental
Conductor:
Henri Tomasi
Main soloists:
Marcelle de Lacour, harpsichord

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