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Martinu's Letters Home : Five Decades of Correspondence With Family and Friends (Hardcover)

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The 121 letters collected in this book document Bohuslav Martinu's life in his own words, beginning as a student in Prague and Paris, following his flight from Nazi-occupied France and charting his triumphs in American exile; the last letter is dated shortly before his death in 1959. They are addressed to his family and friends back home in the village of Policka, on the Czech-Moravian borders south-east of Prague. Kept at a distance by the German occupation and then by Communism, Martial was never to return to Policka, but in a letter to the mayor, written as an gesture of solidarity after August 1938, he proudly described himself as 'its native son who is far from his home but who constantly returns - if only in his thoughts - with gladness - to that dear land - the most beautiful on earth'.

The letters provided a detailed commentary on Martinu's life and music, his contacts with some of the leading musicians of the day, his dices with death (narrowly escaping the Nazis and surviving a dangerous accident), his interaction with leading writers, and his concern with the practicalities of a composer's life - not least, the location of his scores and performing material and the payment of his royalties - made much more complicated by his life in exile and the precarious position of his music with the Communist authorities after the Second World War.

The individual who emerges from these pages is a simple man, in the best sense of the word, more concerned with the well-being of others than himself and accepting both adversity and triumph with remarkable calmness of mind. And an unusual appendix - a sequence of cartoons by the composer - reveals an impish sense of wit.

The Editors: The original Czech edition of this publication was assembled by I?a Popelka - a leading Czech Martina scholar and son of the founder of the Martinu Centre in the composer's home town of Policka - from a total of over six hundred letters preserved in the Centre. The English-language edition has been prepared for an international readership by Martin Anderson of Toccata Press and Ale? Brezina, Director of the Martinu Institute in Prague.

The Translator: Ralph Slayton was a senior lecturer in English literature in the Department of English Language and Literature of the Education Faculty of the University of Hradec-Kr?lovT in the Czech Republic.


Publisher Toccata Pr
Mfg Part# 9780907689775
SKU 211431720
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0907689779
Release Date 3/21/2013
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0214
Publisher Toccata Press
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