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Title CZSonatina pro housle a klavír
Subtitle CZ
Title ENSonatine for Violin and Piano
Subtitle EN
Title DESonatine für Violine und Klavier
Subtitle DE
Title FRSonatine pour violon et piano
Subtitle FR
CategoryChamber Music
SubcategoryDuos for Violin and Piano
Halbreich number and suffix262
Parts of composition (movements)1. Moderato; 2. Andante; 3. Poco allegretto
Durata11' 30''
InstrumentsVl Pf
Solo voice
List of characters
Diplomatic transcription of dedication
Note on dedication
Place of composition
Year of origin1937
Initiation of composition1937
Finishing of composition1937
Last modification of composition
First performance
Date of first performance
Location of first performance
Autograph deposition
InstitutionBohuslav Martinů Centre in Polička
Deposition location
OwnerBohuslav Martinů Centre in Polička
Note on autograph
Place of issue
Year of publication1937
CopyrightBärenreiter Praha
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NotePublished anew by Editio Bärenreiter, Prague 1990. *** Instructive composition for beginners. *** Title on the first page of the autograph score: "Instruktivní sonatina. | pro housle a klavír. | (Pro začátečníky.)"

With regard to instrumental technique, the Sonatina in G major for violin and piano is the easiest of all Martinů's violin works. It may be played wholly in first position, and its rhythmic simplicity facilitates its performance by very young players. Despite these limitations, however, the Sonatina is full of beautiful music that attests to Martinů's compositional maturity by that time. (For the same year gave rise to the opera Julietta, H 253, for example, as well as to the radio cantata A Garland, H 260, the String Quartet No. 4, H 256, and the Duo concertante for two violins and orchestra, H 264) It was the Sonatina's slow movement which, on account of its simple beauty, violinist Petr Rybář selected to play at the composer's funeral ceremony at the Catholic church in the Swiss town of Pratteln in September 1959.

Aleš Březina, Martinů: Works for Violin and Piano 2, © 1999 Supraphon Music a.s


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