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Frank Martin: A Bio-Bibliography (Bio-Bibliographies in Music) by [King, Charles]
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"Although the compositions of Frank Martin (1890-1974) were well received by European critics during his lifetime, they are, for the most part, infrequently performed in the US. King has prepared an excellent biobibliography, which conveniently appears on the centennial of Martin's birth. The volume is a real boon to those who wish to know more about this enormously talented Swiss composer, who created well-crafted works in all genres. The bibliographic annotations are, on the whole, rather lengthy, but this is beneficial to English-speaking readers, since most of the books, articles, essays, and dissertations cited are in other European languages. Particularly valuable are King's annotations to Martin's own writings, which give the reader a useful introduction to the composer's philosophical views on music. Also included is a detailed list of works and a comprehensive discography; the lack of distinction between long-playing records and compact discs in the discography is the only major flaw in an otherwise impressive research guide. Highly recommended for academic libraries that support graduate and strong undergraduate music programs."-Choice

?Although the compositions of Frank Martin (1890-1974) were well received by European critics during his lifetime, they are, for the most part, infrequently performed in the US. King has prepared an excellent biobibliography, which conveniently appears on the centennial of Martin's birth. The volume is a real boon to those who wish to know more about this enormously talented Swiss composer, who created well-crafted works in all genres. The bibliographic annotations are, on the whole, rather lengthy, but this is beneficial to English-speaking readers, since most of the books, articles, essays, and dissertations cited are in other European languages. Particularly valuable are King's annotations to Martin's own writings, which give the reader a useful introduction to the composer's philosophical views on music. Also included is a detailed list of works and a comprehensive discography; the lack of distinction between long-playing records and compact discs in the discography is the only major flaw in an otherwise impressive research guide. Highly recommended for academic libraries that support graduate and strong undergraduate music programs.?-Choice

About the Author

CHARLES W. KING is Assistant Music Librarian at the University of Arizona Library. His previous published articles include Arizona's State Song(s), A Discography of the Music of Frank Martin, and Music for Flute and Harp.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2911 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood (11 May 1990)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000WDPAD2
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HASH(0x9e5a2d98) out of 5 stars Indispensible Resource Book on a Great 20th Century Composer 24 May 2003
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The great Swiss composer Frank Martin (1890-1974) left a durable legacy of fine compositions, among which the best known include orchestral works like the "Petite Symphonie Concertante" and the "Concerto for 7 Wind Instruments," chamber works like the "Trio on Irish Folk Tunes," the "4 Short Pieces for Guitar" and the "Ballade for Flute," the song-cycle "6 Monologe aus Jedermann" and above all his religious works, including the oratorios "In Terra Pax" and "Golgotha" and the frequently recorded early "Mass for Double Choir." He also wrote with great insight and clarity about music and composing, although unfortunately much of this legacy remains untranslated into English.
This Bio-Bibliography, compiled by Charles W. King, is an indispensible resource for information on Martin's music. It begins with a brief (4 1/2 page) biography, which manages to synthesize an impressive amount of information, and contains both a chronological list of compositions and a work-by-work discography, up to 1990 (the latter now happily outdated, as many new recordings, including ones of previously unavailable works, continue to appear). Most valuable of all are the list of writings by Martin and the bibliography, which between them provide summaries of over 400 texts in various languages. Even if you're not planning to use this book as a springboard for further research, you'll find plenty to stimulate you here - who know (for instance) that 2 American composers, Henry Cowell and Virgil Thomson, both wrote enthusiastic reviews of "Golgotha"?
There are inevitably a few errors and mis-translations here and there, but these are insignificant in the light of this volume's immense value. For those who already love and admire Martin's music, a must.
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