B. Martinu: Puppets I-III Short Pieces For Piano

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Publisher: Bärenreiter
Composer: Bohuslav Martinů
Format: Sheet Music | Instrumental Album

Despite the extraordinary significance attributed to Bohuslav Martinu's 14 short Piano pieces entitled Puppets, surprisingly little is known about the exact time and circumstances of their composition. It is however certain that these are the first works by Martinu which transcended his initial attempts at composition and they quickly found a publisher. Thanks to their lasting popularity particularly with young pianists, they were published in numerous editions.

The pieces take the characters of Italian commedia dell'arte as their theme: Pierrot, Colombine and Harlequin. Also included are dance and ball scenes, as well as scenes from the "private lives" of the puppets. The three editions of Puppets were composed between 1912 and 1925 in reverse order. The works all differ from one another, beginning with different aesthetic starting points and ending with Piano writing which gradually matures. Now the cycle is published for the first time in one volume.

Martinu's Puppets now available in a collected edition- all three editions in one volume- newly revised based on available sources.

New fingerings by Giorgio Koukl - preface and Critical Commentary by editor Ales Brezina (Cz./Ger./Eng./Fr.).

Pohádka is included on ABRSM Piano Grade 6 syllabus, 2017-2018

ISBN: 9790260104204
Skill Level: Intermediate Explain this
Published on: 05 January 2009
No of pages: 80
Language: English, French, Czech, German
Catalogue No: H7970

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