Martinu, Bohuslav
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra no. 1 in E major
Edition no.
H 5798
Language(s) of text
Czech, German, English
Product format
Violin solo, Orchestra
Pages / Format
XI, 135 S. - 34,0 x 27,0 cm
Bohuslav Martinu wrote his First Violin Concerto in Paris in 1932–33, this work having been commissioned by the violin virtuoso Samuel Dushkin. However, it was never performed during the composer’s lifetime and was even considered lost after his death. It was not until 1961 that musicologist and collector Hans Moldenhauer bought it from Boaz Piller, contrabassoonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Moldenhauer approached Czech violinist Josef Suk, who gave the world premiere of the work with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Georg Solti in October 1973.
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