Martinu's Letters Home: Five Decades of Correspondence with Family and Friends

Martinu's Letters Home: Five Decades of Correspondence with Family and Friends

by Bohuslav Martinu, Isa Popelka

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Overview

The 121 letters collected in this book document Martinu's life in his own words, beginning as a student in Prague and Paris, following his flight from Nazi-occupied France and charting his triumphs in American exile; the last letter is dated shortly before his death in 1959. They are addressed to his family and friends back home in the village of Policka, on the Czech-Moravian border. Kept at a distance by the Nazi occupation and then by Communism, Martinuwas never to return there but, in a letter to the mayor, written as a gesture of solidarity after August 1938, he proudly described himself as a "native son who is far from his home but who constantly returns - if only in his thoughts - with gladness - to that dear land - the most beautiful on earth."


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780907689775
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 03/21/2013
Series: Musicians in Letters Series , #3
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface Aleš Brezina 7

Editorial Introduction Iša Popelka 11

Part I Apprenticeship in Policka, Prague and Paris, 1907-29 15

Part II Prowess in Paris, 1930-41 29

Part III America and Exile, 1941-53 91

Part IV Return to Europe, 1953-59 149

Appendix 1 Addressees 203

Appendix 2 Martinu as Cartoonist 215

Index of Martinu's Works 231

General Index 234

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