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Price: $350.00

MINT CONDITION

FRANK MARTIN - COMPOSER
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Original one-of-a-kind autographed 5” x 7” original photograph of the Swiss composer, 1971 by Viennese arts photographer Gerold Seidl. 

 

The eighty year old Martin was in Vienna in 1971 for the delayed local premiere of his 2nd Piano Concerto with Josef Krips leading the Vienna Philharmonic and the works dedicatee Paul Badura Skoda. (The work had been commissioned for the 100th anniversary of the Musikverein.)  After the concert, he told a flummoxed critic who asked him what he was working on,  I am fascinated by electric guitars, and pop music I find amazingly inspiring for good new music...

 

Geneva born Martin (1890-1974), grew up in a family of 10 children.  As a child he was gifted with natural musical skills, performing at the piano before he was old enough to go to school.  By nine he was already composing fully formed songs.  From 1906-1914 he studied with Joseph Lauber and finished his studies with Hans Huber and Frederick Klose.  He was encouraged by Ernest Ansermet to go his own way with composition which began his musical journey.  He settled in Zürich in 1918, moving to Rome in 1921 and Paris in 1923.  He returned to Geneva in 1926 and taught at the Institute Jacques Dalcroze from 1927 to 1938.  In those years he founded the Technicum Moderne de Musique in 1933 and led the organization until 1939.  From 1942-1946 Martin was the President of the Association of Swiss Musicians.  The composer moved to the Netherlands in 1946 and was a Professor at the Cologne Hochschule für Musik from 1950-1957.

 

As a young man, Martin was influenced by the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.  However, he turned to French impressionism in the 1920's.  By the 1930's the composer was heavily influenced by Arnold Schoenberg's 12 tone system.  Much of the best music written by Martin occurred from his 40's on including his first piano concerto written between 1933 and 1934, a hybrid work which contains both French impressionism melded with Schoenberg's 12 tone system. Martin wrote a ballade for piano and orchestra in 1939 as his next work in that genre.

 

Pianist Paul Badura-Skoda and Martin struck up a friendship around 1965.  There is a large correspondence between the two.  The 2nd piano concerto was a dual commission by the pianist and the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde Vienna for their 100th anniversary.  Martin who at this time was settled in the Netherlands wrote the work in consultation with Badura-Skoda between 1968 and 1969.  The work is 12 tone in structure, opening with a timpani solo, then a piano solo, followed by a string introduction, trumpet theme and then a long and unusual saxophone theme which then mixes with the trumpet.  The World Premiere of the work was in Paris on June 24, 1970 with Badura-Skoda at the keyboard with Victor Desarzens conducting the Orchester National de l'ORT.  A second performance was at The Hague the following week before it reached Vienna.  Martin would once again write for Badura-Skoda, his "Fantaisie sur des rythmes flamenco for pianoforte" in 1973, the year before his death.

 

This one-of-a-kind autographed photograph came to us directly from the photographer who had the composer sign it in-person for him.