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Bohuslav Martinů: Concerto

  • for harpsichord and small orchestra
  • 1 0 0 1 - 0 0 0 0 - pno - vln(3), vla, vc, cb
  • Duration: 17’30”
  • Soloists:
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st violin
    2nd violin
    3rd violin
    violoncello, double bass
  • Composer: Bohuslav Martinů
  • 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, Martin? 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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World première

Paris (FR)
Ensemble Instrumental
Henri Tomasi
Main soloists:
Marcelle de Lacour, harpsichord

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