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Autographed one bar musical quotation by the Czech composer on an envelope, October 14, 1947 of the opening bar of the oboe part of the Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Cello and Piano, H. 315. The work was several days from completion on the date of the postal cancelation stamp.  It is interesting as the first run in the quotation is identical to the printed score, then there is a slightly differentiated repeat of the second run which does not appear in the printed score.  That said, the work was not published until 1961, after the composer’s death.

In 1947, Martinu (1890-1959) was living in New York City it is well documented that he spent part of July and August in Lenox Massachusetts teaching at the Tanglewood Festival.  He made a conscious decision that year to not return to live in Czechoslovakia due to the takeover of the Country by communists who were puppets of Stalin.  He worked throughout the year on his 3rd Piano Concerto which he finished in 1948. In January, his “Toccata e due canzone” was premiered in Switzerland with Paul Sacher and the Basel Chamber Orchestra.  Martinu’s 5th Symphony was premiered in Prague in May at their 1947 Spring Festival with Rafael Kubelik and the Czech Philharmonic without the composer present as he was ill; his wife went in his stead.  He had planned to dedicate the work to the Red Cross, but then instead dedicated it to the orchestra in remembrance of his years as a second violinist with them.  From September 26th to October 21st, Martinu worked on a commission from Leopold Mannes for a Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Cello and Piano.  The work dedicated to Leopold Mannes was premiered in November in New York City with Mitch Miller and the Mannes Trio in New York Times Hall.   Leopold Mannes, (1899-1964) a pianist was the son of violinist David Mannes, Grandson of conductor Walter Damrosch and the co-inventor of Kodachrome.

A most unusual musical quotation written whilst Martinu was days from finishing a work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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