General information
Title CZSonatina pro housle a klavír
Title ENSonatine for Violin and Piano
Title DESonatine für Violine und Klavier
Title FRSonatine pour violon et piano
CategoryChamber Music
Halbreich number262
Parts of the composition (movements)1. Moderato; 2. Andante; 3. Poco allegretto
Durata11' 30''
InstrumentsVl Pf
Place of compositionParis
Year of origin1937
Initiation of composition1937
Completion of composition1937
First performance
Autograph deposition
InstitutionBohuslav Martinů Centre in Polička
Deposition locationPolička
OwnerBohuslav Martinů Centre in Polička
CopyrightBärenreiter Praha
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References Related correspondence
Documents in the Library
Note Published 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.)"
About the composition

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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