General information
Type of the document Letter
SenderMoyse, Louis
Sender (corporation)
Sender‘s locationMontpelier, Vermont
Send date10.06.2005
RecipientTerian, Gregory
Recipient (corporation)
AcquiredAcquired from Gregory Terian in 2017.
Owner of the sourceInstitut Bohuslava Martinů
Former owner- Soukromý vlastník, Private owner
Call number at IBMTerG 2005-06-10a
Content and physical description
ContentLouis Moyse answers Gregory Terian's questions. The premiere of SONATA FOR FLUTE, VIOLIN AND PIANO, H 254, was a broadcast at Radio-Paris, the "second premiere" (public) took place at the composers' society "La Nationale". LM disproves a story that the recording of the Sonata in 1938 took place without preparation, and describes their rehearsing practice. Bohuslav Martinů never came to the Marlboro Festival; LM however recalls that after BM's death, Rudolf Serkin played his SONATA FOR PIANO, H 350 in an informal concert, as he did during his lifetime when he visited him is Paul Sacher's home in Basel. His last summer in Marlboro, LM "coached" and played (flute) NONET No. 2, H 374, and he might have a recording. LM mentions that Moyse Trio performed Martinů works at the Library of Congress, but does not remeber what and when. Apart from Sonata for flute, violin and piano, their repertory included: PROMENADES FOR FLUTE, VIOLIN AND HARPSICHORD, H 274, MADRIGAL-SONATA, H 291, and RHYTHMIC ETUDES FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO, H 202. Blanche Honegger and her brother Henri Honegger played a "duet" for violin and violoncello from BM (DUO No. 1, H 157, or DUO No. 2, H 371). The premiere of CONCERTO FOR FLUTE, VIOLIN AND ORCHESTRA, H 252 took place at the Société des Concerts du Conservatoire under the baton of Philippe Gaubert with Marcel Moyse and BH. LM recorded Sonata for flute, violin and piano, H 254, and TRIO FOR FLUTE, VIOLONCELLO AND PIANO, H 300, which he also transcribed for flute, viola and piano, with BM's permission. Before World War II he played flute for the "premiere" of CONCERTO FOR HARPSICHORD AND SMALL ORCHESTRA, H 246, in the soirée given by Henryho Goüin in his home in Paris. LM will try to find a picture of Moyse Trio for GT's article. His biography was done about 10 years ago but many additions should be inserted to complete it. LM also remembers playing piano in BM's violin sonata in 1930s (SONATA No. 1, H 182, or SONATA No. 2, H 208); BM's style was very different at that time, very chromatic and much less appealing. He loves BM's music, he had the biggest influence in his lif to become a composer himself. LM will soon send GT different CDs.
Number of pages bearing text2+1
NoteWritten on a letterhead with contact details of Louis J. and Janet W. Moyse.
AttachmentsA list of Gregory Terian's questions is attached, probably copied from an email.

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Location as subject
Marlboro, Vermont
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