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Bohuslav Martinů : the compulsion to compose

Author: F James Rybka
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Bohemian composer Bohuslav Martinu (1890 to 1959) was exceptionally prolific, creating more than 400 highly imaginative and well-crafted compositions, including symphonies, operas, ballet scores, and other orchestral works. In the United States from 1941 to 1953, he enjoyed a brilliant reputation, and his works were played by almost every major orchestra. Yet today they are rarely performed. In Bohuslav Martinu: The
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Bohuslav Martinů
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: F James Rybka
ISBN: 9780810877610 0810877619 9780810877627 0810877627
OCLC Number: 665064482
Description: xlvi, 374 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Chronology and catalog --
Introduction: Autism and music --
Martinů in Polička and Prague, 1890-1923 --
Martinů in Paris, 1923-1940 --
New friends in America, 1941-1946 --
Martinů in America, 1947-1953 --
Final years in Europe, 1953-1959 --
Evidence of Martinů̊'s Asperger syndrome --
Martinů's legacy.
Responsibility: F. James Rybka.

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Bohuslav Martinu's amazing output-over 400 imaginative, well-crafted, and diverse pieces, including symphonies, operas, ballet scores, and other orchestral works-is accounted for in this biography  Read more...

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The finest biography of Bohuslav Martinu I know in English...Rybka's biography is detailed and engagingly written. His insight is personal and convincing...His text is well balanced between Read more...

 
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