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Puppets / Loutky I-III

Short Pieces

By Bohuslav Martinu

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Short Pieces. Composed by Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959). Edited by Ales Brezina and Giorgio Koukl. Stapled. With fingerings. Classical. Performance score. With Publication language: Czech/German/English/French. 79 pages. Editio Baerenreiter Praha #H07970. Published by Editio Baerenreiter Praha (PA.H07970).

Item Number: PA.H07970

ISBN 9790260104204. 31 x 23.3 cm inches.

Despite the extraordinary significance attributed toBohuslav Martinu's 14 short piano piecesentitled Puppets, surprisingly little is known about the exact time andcircumstances of theircomposition. It is however certain that these are the first works by Martinuwhich transcendedhis initial attempts at composition and they quickly found a publisher. Thanksto their lastingpopularity particularly with young pianists, they were published in numerouseditions. Thepieces take the characters of Italian commedia dell'arte as their theme;Pierrot, Colombineand Harlequin. Also included are dance and ball scenes, as well as scenes fromthe "privatelives" of the puppets. The three editions of Puppets were composed between1912 and1925 in reverse order. The works all differ from one another, beginning withdifferentaesthetic starting points and ending with piano writing which graduallymatures. Nowthe cycle is published for the first time in one volume.

- Martinu's Puppets now available in a collected edition- all three editions in one volume- newly revised based on available sources - new fingerings by Giorgio Koukl - preface and Critical Commentary by editor Ales Brezina (Cz./Ger./Eng./Fr.)

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