Frank Martin: Konzert

Frank Martin Konzert
Konzert

Frank Martin: Konzert

Year of composition:
1951/1952
Scored for:
for harpsichord and small orchestra
Composer:
Frank Martin
Soloists:
harpsichord
Instrumentation:
2 1 1 1 - 2 1 0 0 - str
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute
oboe
clarinet in A
bassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
trumpet in C
violin I(8)
violin II(8)
viola(6)
violoncello(6)
contrabass(3)
Remarks:
Study score available at Musikproduktion Höflich: www.musikmph.de
Duration:
20’
Dedication:
Madame Isabelle Nef
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Work introduction

From the preface of the Repertoire Explorer Miniature Score:

The Concerto for harpsichord and small orchestra was composed in Amsterdam in 1951-52 as a commission for Isabelle Nef, to whom the work is dedicated. About the concerto Martin writes (in the posthumously published A propops de…: commentaires de Frank Martin sur ses œuvres, edited by Maria Martin in 1984): “I was staying at the North Sea when I began it, and the even rolling of the waves suggested to me the wavelike motion of the six eighth-notes that dominates the entire first section.” And to Peter Mieg, who was also considering writing a harpsichord concerto, he wrote: “I did it because it was to a certain degree ‘in the air’. I have pupils in Cologne who did so before me, and I am sure that there will be a new literature for this instrument, a literature that will in many respects be close to our experience. I am even surprised that this movement has taken so long to make itself known, since the harpsichord was resurrected quite a while ago for the rendering of Baroque music.”

TheConcerto for harpsichord and small orchestra was first performed at the ISCM Festival in Venice on 14 September 1952; Isabelle Nef performed the solo part under the direction of Fernando Previtali.

Christoph Schlüren, 2004

Translation: Stephen Luttmann, 2004.

For the Repertoire Explorer Miniature Score please contact Musikproduktion Jürgen Höflich.

Special prints

Konzert

Frank Martin: Konzert

piano reduction
for harpsichord and small orchestra , 20’
Instr.: 2 1 1 1 - 2 1 0 0 - str

World première

Location:
Venedig
Date:
14.09.1952
Conductor:
Fernando Previtali

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