General information
Title CZPět krátkých skladeb
Subtitle CZpro housle a klavír
Title ENFive Short Pieces
Subtitle ENfor violin and piano
Title DEFünf kurze Stücke
Subtitle DEfür Violine und Klavier
Title FRCinq pièces brèves [auth.]
Subtitle FRpour violon et piano [auth.]
CategoryChamber Music
Halbreich number184
Parts of the composition (movements)1. Allegro moderato; 2. Andante; 3. Allegretto moderato; 4. Allegro vivo (Presto); 5. Allegro (Poco moderato)
InstrumentsVl Pf
Dedicatee Šafránek, Miloš
Diplomatic transcription of the dedicationP. dr. Miloši Šafránkovi | ku vzpomínce na Paříž | od | B. Martinů
Note on the dedicationDedication to Miloš Šafránek on the first page of the draft.
Place of compositionParis
Year of origin1930
Initiation of composition1930
Completion of composition14.04.1930
First performance
Performer Odette Rithère (Vl), Tibor Harsányi (Pf)
Harsányi, Tibor
Rithere, Odette
Date of the first performance1930-05-05
Location of the first performanceThéâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris
Autograph deposition
InstitutionÉditions Alphonse Leduc
Deposition locationParis
OwnerÉditions Alphonse Leduc, Paris
Note on the autograph depostitionAutograph solo (violin) part also located at the Éditions Alphonse Leduc. *** Draft, fascimile of the autograph and printed score (1930) with autograph dedication to Miloš Šafránek held by Bohuslav Martinů Centre in Polička.
CopyrightÉditions Alphonse Leduc, Paris
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References Related writings
Documents in the Library
Note Title on the first page of the autograph: "5 pièces brèves. pour violon et piano"; location of the first performance mentioned in text about B. Martinů from his sister Marie Martinů (Mar 1936-00-00b)
About the composition

In closest proximity to the first violin sonata, both chronologically and stylistically, are the Five Short Pieces for violin and piano. Here, too, jazz elements are still quite pronounced, although by now Martinů uses them in a somewhat less showy manner, and they have become rather simply one of the component aspects of his musical language. Each of these five character pieces grows from one rhythmic idea, which it then exploits to the full. Martinů dedicated the set to his friend Miloš Šafránek, cultural attaché at the Czechoslovak embassy in Paris.

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

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