General information
Title CZNatáčí se!
Subtitle CZbalet o 1 dějství
Title ENOn Tourne!
Subtitle ENballet in 1 act
Title DEMan filmt!
Subtitle DEBallett in einem Aufzug mit Zeichenfilm und Marionetten
Title FROn tourne! [auth.]
Subtitle FRballet en 1 acte [auth.]
CategoryStage Works and Film Music
Halbreich number163
Parts of the composition (movements)Ouverture; No. 1 - Le jeu des marionnettes; No. 2 - La danse des poissons; No. 3 - Le scaphandre tourne la manivelle; No. 4 - La danse d'une perle; No. 5 - Le scaphandre laisse son appareil; No. 6 - Un homard devient amoureux d''une perle et lui fait la cour - Le scaphandre chasse le poisson et perce le homard; No. 7 - Finale. Le scaphandrier fait sa déclaration, mais les matelots, inquiets, le font remonter
Durata31' 50''
List of characterstwo sailors, diver, pearl, lobster, fish, fishes
Place of compositionPolička
Year of origin1927
Initiation of composition06/1927
Completion of composition02.09.1927
First performance
Performer Václav Nosek (dir./cond.)
Nosek, Václav
Date of the first performance1979-01-08
Location of the first performanceBrno, Czechoslovak Radio Brno
Autograph deposition
InstitutionCzech Museum of Music
Deposition locationPrague
OwnerNational Museum – Czech Museum of Music, Department of Music History, Prague
Note on the autograph depostitionAutograph score, autograph piano reduction and sketches. *** Autograph text with directorial instructions located in the archive of the National Library in Prague.
CopyrightSchott Music Panton (CZ, SK: Dilia, Prague)
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References Related correspondence
Documents in the Library
Note Text/synopsis (in French) by Bohuslav Martinů. *** Overture completed on 7 August 1927.
About the composition

On tourne! (Roll the Cameras!) is a half-hour animated puppet and cartoon ballet. According to the composer's own instructions, the stage is supposed to be divided into an up­per section for the puppet show with maritime scenery, a boat with two sailors, and a diver; and a lower "subaquatic" section reserved for the cartoon display, featuring various species of fish and fantastic flora. All the ballet's individual sections are based on identical motivic material. The introductory subject consists of a simple broken major five-three chord, whose density is ingeniously increased by dissonances typically involving minor second intervals. This is followed by successive concertante displays for violin, oboe, piano, bassoon, and other instruments. The work's structure is simple enough: Martinu concentrates on the regular alter­nation of the motor rhythms of the neo-Baroque introductory motive with rhapsodic passages. He finished the ballet in Polička on 19 August 1927 and immediately began to write another ballet entitled Le Raid merveilleux, a score he completed in mid-September of 1927.

Aleš Březina, Martinů: Le Raid merveilleux, La Revue de cuisine, On tourne!, © 2004 Supraphon Music a.s

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