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Martinůs Mysterious Accident

Essays in Memory of Michael Henderson

Michael Beckerman

208 pp.

9 illustrations

ISBN: 978-1576470039

paperback $65.00

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Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959) was one of the most prolific composers in the 20th century. Despite the fact that he lived for several years in the United States and had many of his works premiered in this country, he still stands as an enigma. This collection of essays by an international group of experts is dedicated to the memory of Michael Henderson, who died in 1994 at the age of 47 while engaged in writing a biography of the composer. These essays include a range of new approaches to Martinů: Judy Mabary gives a concise history of Martinůs collaboration with choreographer Eric Hawkins, The Strangler; Ales Brezina looks penetratingly at the often tortured relationship between Martinů and the Czechoslovak government; and Michael Beckerman explores questions of construction in Martinůs Piano Concerto No. 2. Shorter pieces by Czech scholars Isa Popelka and Jaroslav Mihule are also included. In addition, there will be an essay by Michael Henderson on "Martinůs Mysterious Accident" which will shed light on one of the most harrowing events in the composer's life.


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