Compositions
Bohuslav Martinu

(1890 - 1959)
Bohuslav Martinu was the leading Czech composer of mid-20th century. He was born and grew up in a room at the top of the church tower in the village of Policka, a perspective that coloured his later life. He studied violin at the Prague Conservatoire but was dismissed for 'incorrigible negligence'. Martinu toured with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and discovered the music of Debussy. He left Prague to study with Roussel in Paris and in the 1930's adopted a neoclassical idiom and explored concerto grosso forms. He travelled to the USA in 1940 and wrote for some of the leading American orchestras in the following decade. As he prepared for a return to Prague Czechoslovakia fell to the communists in 1948 and made him a permanent exile. Martinu's most ambitious music of the 1950s, such as Fantaisies symphoniques (Symphony No.6), employed a dreamlike neo-impressionist colour.

Composition timpani and percussion requirements

Accusation Against the Unknown

Timpani + 2 percussion
Clash cymbals, orchestral bass drum, snare drum, tam tam
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Ballad 'Villa by the Sea

Timpani + 1 percussion
Orchestral bass drum
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Bouquet of Flowers

Timpani + 2 percussion
Orchestral bass drum, tenor drum, clash cymbals, triangle
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Comedy on the Bridge

Timpani + 2 percussion
Clash cymbals, orchestral bass drum, snare drum

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Comedy on the Bridge (Veselohra na moste)

Timpani + 2 percussion
Clash cymbals, triangle, orchestral bass drum, snare drum
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Commedia dell'arte

Timpani + 3 percussion
Orchestral bass drum, clash cymbals, tenor drum, tambourine, triangle, xylophone
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Composition for Large Orchestra

No Timpani + 1 percussion
Tam tam
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Concertino for Piano and Orchestra

Timpani + 2 percussion
Orchestral bass drum, clash cymbals, tenor drum, triangle
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Czech Rhapsody (Ceska Rapsodie)

Timpani + 3 percussion
Orchestral bass drum, clash cymbals, tam tam
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Dream of the Past

Timpani + 1 percussion
Clash cymbals, snare drum
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Fantasies Symphoniques

Timpani + 4 percussion
Snare drum, tambourine, orchestral bass drum, clash cymbals, suspended cymbal, tam tam, triangle
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Half-time

Timpani + 2 percussion
Orchestral bass drum, clash cymbals, tenor drum, triangle
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Istar - Orchestral Suite No.1

Timpani + 2 percussion
Orchestral bass drum, clash cymbals, tenor drum, tam tam
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 Julietta - Suite for orchestra

Timpani + 3 percussion
Tubular bells, clash cymbals, tam tam, orchestral bass drum, snare drum, triangle
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Le Depart

Timpani + 2 percussion
Snare drum, clash cymbals, tenor drum
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Le Jazz

Timpani + 2 percussion
Orchestral bass drum, snare drum, clash cymbals, claves
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Legend of Saint Dorota

Timpani + 2 percussion
Snare drum, triangle, orchestral bass drum, clash cymbals
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Magic Nights

No Timpani + 1 percussion
Clash cymbals, triangle, tubular bells
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Piano Concerto No.3

Timpani + 3 percussion
Orchestral bass drum, clash cymbals, snare drum, triangle, tam tam
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Sinfonietta la Jolla

Timpani + 1 percussion
Clash cymbals, triangle, snare drum
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Spalicek - Suite No.1

Timpani + 2 percussion
Triangle, snare drum, clash cymbals, orchestral bass drum, claves
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Spalicek - Suite No.2

Timpani + 2 percussion
Triangle, snare drum, clash cymbals, orchestral bass drum, claves
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Symphony No.1

Timpani + 2 percussion
Clash cymbals, tam tam, triangle, orchestral bass drum, snare drum, tambourine
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Symphony No.2

Timpani + 2 percussion
Clash cymbals, tam tam, triangle, orchestral bass drum, snare drum
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Symphony No.3

Timpani + 2 percussion
Clash cymbals, tam tam, triangle, orchestral bass drum, snare drum
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Symphony No.4

Timpani + 3 percussion
Clash cymbals, tam tam, triangle, wood block, tambourine, orchestral bass drum, snare drum
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Symphony No.5

Timpani + 3 percussion
Clash cymbals, tam tam, triangle, orchestral bass drum, snare drum
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Symphony No.6 (Fantaisies symphoniques)

Timpani + 3 percussion
Clash cymbals, tam tam, triangle, tambourine, orchestral bass drum, snare drum
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The Butterfly that Stamped

Timpani + 2 percussion
Orchestral bass drum, clash cymbals, tenor drum, snare drum, triangle
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The Marriage (Zenitba)

Timpani + 1 percussion
Clash cymbals, orchestral bass drum, snare drum
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