STRING QUARTET WITH ORCHESTRA, H 207
SINFONIA CONCERTANTE No. 2, H 322
The Bohuslav Martinu Complete Edition III/2, vol. 4
Editors Christopher Hogwood (1941–2014), Marek Pechač, Pavel Žůrek
BA 10577-01, cloth bond score (25,5 x 32,5 cm)
· first ever scholarly-critical edition
· detailed preface by Pavel Žurek and Marek Pechač and critical commentary by the editors (Eng/Cz)
· facsimiles section presenting important sources
“To tell the truth, I’m a concerto grosso type,” Martinů wrote in 1945. Unsurprisingly, the concerto grosso is also the formal basis of both concertante compositions for four solo instruments and orchestra included in the “Quadruple Concertos” volume. The works were written nearly twenty years apart and are quite different in style, having been inspired by various influences: Handel and Haydn, the Baroque period, and Classicism. The considerable time gap between the compositions is also evident in Martinů’s compositional technique, which transformed fundamentally throughout the decades.
The sixth BMCE volume includes an extensive preface describing the genesis of the works, the circumstances of their first publication, and their historical reception in the context of the composer’s oeuvre, as well as a detailed critical report by the editors. The facsimile section provides high-quality reproductions of musical and non-musical sources, which document selected editorial issues, historical performance practice, and abandoned versions.
“Quadruple Concertos” is the last editorial accomplishment of brilliant Martinů expert and world-famous conductor Christopher Hogwood – a work that he collaborated on during his many years of research on Martinů.