Bohuslav Martinu: The Compulsion to Compose
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Bohuslav Martinu: The Compulsion to Compose

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Bohemian composer Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959) was exceptionally prolific, composing over 400 imaginative, well-crafted, and diverse pieces, including symphonies, operas, ballet scores, and other orchestral works. For 12 years (1941-1953), he lived in America, during which he enjoyed a brilliant reputation, and his works were played by nearly all the major orchestras. Yet...more
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published April 28th 2011 by Scarecrow Press
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Having read a number of biographies on Martinů in the past, I have always wondered about the composer's personal experiences that were glossed over in those books. These personal experiences were primarily affairs Martinů had, one with his student the talented composer Vítĕzslava Kaprálová and the other, with a somewhat mysterious woman, Roe Barstow, whom the composer met in New York City.
The previous biographies did not explore these aspects of Martinů's life either out of deference to Charlott...more
Jon Rybka-Wachhaus
I would like to state up front, that I am the son of the writer of this book. My father would actually expect nothing less then my honest opinion about his own book so here goes:
I really loved it. It was something I was dreading to read for a while as I have seen him writing and re-writing the book for years. He sent me a copy of it and I have to say, I started to read to it say, that I had checked it out. Instead, I actually read the whole thing. It is a big book and some of it is very tedious,...more
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