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Nino Martini


Born 02 October 1919 in Sheffield. 100% English despite name. Father was Scottish, mother English - born in Philadelphia.

Educated at Manchester Central High School (1931-35) and Manchester University Faculty of Technology (1936-40). Worked as a professional chemist until 1969, then abandoned chemistry in favour of full-time music. Only formal musical eduction was lessons with Terence Usher (1934-36) in jazz-guitar playing; the rest was by self-instruction. Has worked professionally also as a player of the trumpet and double-bass in music of many kinds, and regularly as a jazz musician until 1953. His many friendships with great artists have included one of 39 years with Andrs Segovia and an enforcedly shorter one with Ida Presti, who died at the age of 42.

Composer of over 130 works for the guitar and lute (many commissioned with funds provided by the Arts Council of Great Britain and other sources, official and private, both domestic and overseas. Most have been published and 57 have been commercially recorded by 58 artists and/or ensembles in 24 countries, some several times. Author of very many arrangements (several also recorded) and didactic works.

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Béla Bartók - Kossuth



 

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