Martinu, Bohuslav
Field Mass H 279 / The Spectre's Bride H 214 I A
- First scholarly-critical edition
- Preface (en/cs) and critical report (en/cs) by the editor
- Contemporary translations of the vocal text in the libretto section
Edition no.
BA 10573-01
Volume / Series
The Bohuslav Martinu Complete Edition VI/2/2
Wingfield, Paul
Instrumentation of the work
Soloists, Choir, Orchestra
Language(s) of work
Language(s) of text
English, Czech
Product format
Complete edition, Score, Urtext edition, Anthology
Replaces H 277
Pages / Format
XXIX, 201 S. - 33,3 x 26,3 cm
The present volume of the Bohuslav Martinu Complete Edition (BMCE) contains two vocal-instrumental works. The “Field Mass” (1939) with a text by Jirí Mucha incorporating bible and liturgy quotes was created in reaction to the outbreak of the Second World War and intended for outdoor performances. The cantata “The Spectre’s Bride” with a text by Karel Jaromír Erben was composed in 1932 as part of the ballet “Špalícek” (meaning “chapbook”); the composer later took out the cantata, making it into a stand-alone concert piece.

The autograph scores served as primary sources for both works. The edition of the “Field Mass” (including its performance materials) also contains the original version of the ending with a quote from the Czech medieval hymn “Jezu Kriste, štedry kneže” (“Jesu Christ, bountiful priest”) and a number of contemporary translations.
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