Bohuslav Martinů

Despite the extraordinary significance attributed to Bohuslav Martinů's 14 short piano pieces entitled „Puppets“, surprisingly little is known about the circumstances of their composition. The three books were written between 1912 and 1925 in reverse order. The pieces take the characters of Italian commedia dell'arte as their theme; Pierrot, Colombine and Harlequin. Also included are dance and ball scenes, as well as scenes from the "private lives" of the puppets.

-    Wonderful teaching material for advanced beginners
-    Programmatic pieces that spark the imagination
-    Very suitable as introduction to early 20th century composition