Bohuslav Martinu - Composer of "Fantaisie for Theremin, Oboe, and String Quartet" (1890 - 1959)

Bohuslav Martinu (1890 - 1959)

Composer of "Fantaisie for Theremin, Oboe, and String Quartet"

Martinu composed his "Fantaisie" in the September of 1944, completing it on the 1st October. The premiere took place on the 3rd November in New York, performed by its dedicatee, Lucie Bigelow Rosen (who had commissioned the work) as soloist, the Koutzen Quartet and Robert Boom.

The work is a one movement triptych in which the two Largo sections frame the central Poco Allegro. Today the work is most usually performed on the Ondes Martenot however.

Martinu uses the theremin as a traditional melodic instrument, with flowing, lyrical melodic lines standing always at the forefront of the texture. It is also a great piece of chamber music, incorporating several of Martinu's stylistic trademarks: melodic inventiveness, abrupt changes in rhythm, and complicated harmonies.

Full Title : Fantaisie pour theremin (ou ondes Martenot), hautbois, piano, et quatuor a cordes / Bohuslav Martinu.
Published: Paris : M. Eschig, 1944

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