Kleine Stucke fur Klavier. Composed by Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959). Czech title: Loutky II. Classical. Performance score. Published by Editio Baerenreiter Praha (PA.H7946).
Item Number: PA.H7946
ISBN 9790260103627. 31 x 23.7 cm inches.
This cycle of piano pieces occupies an exceptional position among other compositions of Martinu's early period. Because of its artistic and aesthetic challenge, the cycle 'Puppets' indeed goes beyond any other work more or less of didactic and study nature characteristic of this period. Martinu composed the cycle between 1912 - 1925 and during these years, Puppets were altered and rewritten many times. This fact also explains the contradiction in the way individual books of the cycle are numbered; Puppets I are chronologically the youngest whereas Puppets III are chronologically the oldest ones. The second book (Puppets II) dates back to 1918 and it consists of pieces such as Puppet Show, Harlequin, Columbine's Memories, The Sick Puppet, Columbine Sings. All three books of the cycle, hardly missing in the repertoire of any young pianist, represent a rewarding study material verified by the performing practice of many years.
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