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Biography of Frank Martin (1890-1974): biography, sheet music, recordings, weblinks and literature

Biography of Frank Martin (1890-1974)

Born in Geneva
First composing
Private studies with Joseph Lauber.
Changing places of residence in Zurich, Rome and Paris
Founder of Societe de Musique de Chambre in Geneve
Lectorship in Geneva at the institute Jacques-Dalcroze for ten years
The ballad for flute ist the required piece of the international music contest in Geneve, the winner is Jaunet
Marriage with the flutist Maria Boeke
Three years president of the Schweizerischer Tonkünstlerverein
Relocation to the Netherlands
Seven years of composition lectorship at Cologne university
Early works are influenced by French late romanticism like Franck or Faure. From 1930 on Martin is engaged in studying Schönberg. Late works show a mix of twelve tone music, functional harmonics and use of ostinato and organpoint.
Dies in Naarden, Netherlands

Sheet music for flute:

edition on notenbuch.deCD-Aufnahmen bei jpc.deMP3-Download bei
(flute, piano)
Rating: mid-grade
  1. Allegro ben moderato - Vivace - Lento - Presto - molto vivace
The version for flute and piano (1939) was first written. The orchestration was done in 1941.

Sonata da Chiesa
edition on notenbuch.deCD-Aufnahmen bei jpc.deMP3-Download bei
(flute, organ)
Rating: difficult
Hard to read due to handwriting. Through composed, no separated movements.
Hand written, hard to read.

Trois Chants de Noel
edition on notenbuch.deCD-Aufnahmen bei jpc.deMP3-Download bei
(voice range d'-g'', flute, piano)
Rating: mid-grade
  1. Les Cadeaux (Die Gaben/The gifts)
  2. Image de Noel (Ein Bild von der Heiligen Nacht/A picture of Christmas)
  3. Les Bergers (Die Hirten/The Shepherds)

CDs with/from Frank Martin

Matthias Bamert, Ian Bousfield, Celia Chambers, Peter Dixon, Philip Dukes, Roderick Elms, Martin Robertson, The London Philharmonic
  1. Ballade for piano and orchestra (16:56:00)
  2. Ballade for trombone and orchestra (08:00:00)
  3. Ballade for cello and small orchestra (15:56:00)
  4. Ballade for saxophone and orchestra (14:45:00)
  5. Ballade for viola, wind, harp, harpsichord and percussion (12:23:00)
  6. Ballade for flute, string, orchestra and piano (08:03:00)

Literature von/über Frank Martin

Last edit 22.01.2012