General information
Title CZSonáta pro flétnu a klavír
Title ENSonata for Flute and Piano [auth.]
Title DESonate für Flöte und Klavier
Title FRSonate pour flûte et piano
CategoryChamber Music
SubcategoryDuos for Other Instruments
Halbreich number306
Parts of the composition (movements)1. Allegro moderato; 2. Adagio; 3. Allegro poco moderato
InstrumentsFl Pf
Dedicatee Laurent, Georges
Diplomatic transcription of the dedicationTo Georges Laurent
Note on the dedicationDedication on the first page of the printed score (AMP, 1951).
Place of compositionCape Cod, Massachusetts
Year of origin1945
Initiation of composition15.06.1945
Completion of composition03.07.1945
First performance
Performer Lois Schaefer (Fl), Dolores Rodriguez (Pf)
Rodriguez, Dolores
Schaefer, Lois
Date of the first performance1949-12-18
Location of the first performanceNew York (Carl Fischer Concert Hall)
Autograph deposition
Note on the autograph depostitionAutograph missing. *** Reproduction of the autograph score and reproduction of autograph parts are located at the Médiathèque Musicale Mahler in Paris and at the Czech Museum of Music in Prague. *** Copy of the flute part in a copyist's hand held by the Bohuslav Martinů Centre in Polička.
CopyrightAssociated Music Publishers, New York
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Associated Music Publishers, New York, 1951
Call number at the BM Institute: 1101
Details of this edition
References Related writings
Documents in the Library
Note There exists also an orchestral arrangement by R. Willson - "Concerto for flute" (copyright by Associated Music Publischers).
About the composition

Undoubtedly, one of Martinů's most popular pieces internationally is the Sonata for Flute and Piano  from the summer of 1945. Martinů's pleasant summer stay on Cape Cod in the state of Massachusetts and his joy at the recent positive conclusion of the Second World War had a clear share in its sunny character. The numerous bi-tonal passages are firmly anchored in the work's clear tonal framework, demonstrating convincingly the qualities of the composer's neo-classical orientation. After a fantasy-like piano introduction, the flute presents the syncopated main theme, creating with its calm lyricism a contrast to the motoric secondary theme. The type of broad cantabile found in the slow movement attests, among other things, to intensive study of Renaissance madrigals - one of the most important sources of inspiration for the "American" Martinů. The third movement is full of echoes of nature and bird song; Martinů and his wife were caring for a wounded whippoorwill at the time and teaching it to fly again. It ends the whole composition in a playful and happy atmosphere. Martinů's Flute Sonata is one of the few truly beautiful compositions written for this instrumental combination in the twentieth century.

Aleš Březina, Bohuslav Martinů: Selected Masterpieces, © 2001 Supraphon Music a.s

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