General information
Type of the document Letter
SenderRoth, Ernst
Sender (corporation)Boosey & Hawkes, London
Sender‘s location
Note on Sender‘s location[London]
Send date03.03.1958
RecipientMartinů, Bohuslav
Recipient (corporation)
Recipient‘s location
Acquired1995, a gift from Boosey & Hawkes, New York; carbon copy of the letter from British Library, Boosey & Hawkes Archives, 12/2019
Former ownerBoosey & Hawkes
OwnerBohuslav Martinu Institute, Prague
Owner‘s call number
Former call number at IBMXXV/12
Call number at IBMBH 1958-03-03
Content and physical description
ContentErnst Roth apologises for replying to Bohuslav Martinů’s letter dated 4 January [1958] so late, he has had a lot of work. He writes about the printing and performing of some of BM’s compositions: 1) MIRANDOLINA – the vocal score will not be printed, it is only in Italian and no theatre has been found that would perform it (either in Italy or Germany), perhaps in Brno – he does not know. But he has sent the vocal score to Prague (to Dilia = the Theatre and Literary Agency). Should they want to make a Czech translation and produce their own materials, Boosey & Hawkes has nothing against it. Yet he has not heard anything about Dilia, and acting through Dilia is the only manner of negotiating with theatres in Czechoslovakia. 2) THE MARRIAGE – it has already been staged in Malmö, Sweden, to acclaim and ER hopes there will be more performances. It cannot though compete with the COMEDY ON THE BRIDGE, which is far more successful. The opera has already been broadcast by BBC television and will again be broadcast on 9 and 10 March [1958]. BM should not be worried about the “life” of this opera. 3) WHAT MEN LIVE BY – unfortunately, the situation is not good. It has been staged in Regensburg, yet to the dissatisfaction both of the audience and the press. 4) CONCERTO FOR PIANO AND ORCHESTRA NO. 3 – the problem is in the fact that Rudolf Firkušný seemed not to be overly satisfied with this concerto – BM should perhaps make several changes in the score. 5) SYMPHONY NO. 2 and SYMPHONY NO. 3 – there must be evident reasons why the pieces have not been printed in the USA. ER has enough material to lend to anyone who would like to play the compositions. They will perhaps publish them in the future. The same applies to SYMPHONY NO. 6 (the score’s pocket edition). Karel Šebánek told ER that BM will be going to Prague Spring. He hopes that the authorities will let him out. ER is also invited, yet he is cautious and will not be going.
Total number of leaves3
Number of pages bearing text3
NoteOriginal written on Boosey & Hawkes, London letterhead; carbon copy with no letterhead
Fixationtypescript, handwritten signature (Roth)

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Quality of digitisationNot professional colour
Digitized atBritish Library
Date of digitisation12/2019
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Location as subject
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Corporation as subject
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