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Marionetten I

kleine Stucke fur Klavier

By Bohuslav Martinu

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Kleine Stucke fur Klavier. Composed by Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959). Arranged by Ales Brezina. Czech title: Loutky I. Classical. Performance score. With Publication language: Czech/German/English/French. Published by Editio Baerenreiter Praha (PA.H07875).

Item Number: PA.H07875

ISBN 9790260104402. 31 x 23.5 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 third book (Puppets I) has its origins in 1925. Similar to the second part, it contains 5 short pieces; these are : Columbine Dances, The New Puppet, The Shy Puppet, Fairy-Tale and finally, The Puppets' Dance. 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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