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String Quartet No. 4

By Bohuslav Martinu

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2 violins, viola, cello
Composed by Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959). Arranged by Ivan Straus/Ales Brezina. Czech title: Smy covy kvartet 4. Classical, chamber music. Study score. With Publication language: Czech/German/English/French. No. 4. Published by Editio Baerenreiter Praha (PA.H7844).

Item Number: PA.H7844

ISBN 9790260100763. 22.5 x 16.7 cm inches.

String Quartet No. 4 by Bohuslav Martinu [1890-1959) originated in 1937 in Paris where it was also premiered in a private performance one year later. Due to the composer's emigration to the U.S.A. and the post-war political development in Czechoslovakia, the piece remained for many years in oblivion in the archive of the Puc family to whom Martinu dedicated it. It was re-discovered as late as in 1956 by Martinu's friend and a keen promoter of his work Milos Safranek. Four years later the quartet was performed in public by the Novak Quartet in a concert in Germany. The main sources for the presented practical edition of this neo-classicistic composition, in which Martinu typically combined French moderateness with Czech melodiousness, were the autograph and the 1963 edition by SHV, thoroughly freed of all the unwanted previous editorial revisions.

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