Bohuslav Martinů: The Frescoes of Piero della Francesca

Bohuslav Martinů The Frescoes of Piero della Francesca
The Frescoes of Piero della Francesca

Bohuslav Martinů: The Frescoes of Piero della Francesca

Year of composition:
1955
Scored for:
for orchestra
Composer:
Bohuslav Martinů
Instrumentation:
4 3 3 3 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, perc(3), hp, str
Instrumentation details:
piccolo
1st flute
2nd flute
3rd flute
1st oboe
2nd oboe
3rd oboe (+c.a)
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
3rd clarinet in Bb
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
3rd bassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
4th horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
3rd trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
3rd trombone
tuba
timpani
percussion(3)
harp
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Table of contents:
Les Fresques de Piero della Francesca (für Orchester)
Remarks:
Frescos by Piero della Francesca in Arezzo
Duration:
19’
Dedication:
À Rafael Kubelik
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Work introduction

In the 1950s, Bohuslav Martinů was deeply impressed by Piero della Francesca’s cycle of frescoes in 8 scenes, depicting the Legend of the True Cross in the choir of San Francesco in Arezzo. In his orchestral work, Les Fresques de Piero della Francesca (1955, 19 min), he wanted to give voice to the majestic, icy silence, as well as the strange, peaceful poetry of the paintings, and to express the colourful, mysterious atmosphere in music. The world première at the Salzburg Festival in 1956 was conducted by Rafael Kubelík.

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The Frescoes of Piero della Francesca

Bohuslav Martinů: The Frescoes of Piero della Francesca

score
for orchestra , 19’
Instr.: 4 3 3 3 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, perc(3), hp, str

The Frescoes of Piero della Francesca

Bohuslav Martinů: The Frescoes of Piero della Francesca

study score
for orchestra , 19’
Instr.: 4 3 3 3 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, perc(3), hp, str

The Frescoes of Piero della Francesca

Bohuslav Martinů: The Frescoes of Piero della Francesca

score
for orchestra , 19’
Instr.: 4 3 3 3 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, perc(3), hp, str

Next performances

11 Nov

The Frescoes of Piero della Francesca

Spinney Theatre, Northampton (GB)

15 May

The Frescoes of Piero della Francesca

Seidenweberhaus, Krefeld (DE)

16 May

The Frescoes of Piero della Francesca

Theater Mönchengladbach, Mönchengladbach (DE)

17 May

The Frescoes of Piero della Francesca

Theater Mönchengladbach, Mönchengladbach (DE)

18 May

The Frescoes of Piero della Francesca

Seidenweberhaus, Krefeld (DE)

World première

Location:
Salzburg
Date:
26.08.1956
Orchestra:
Wiener Philharmoniker
Conductor:
Rafael Kubelik

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