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Frank Martin (1890 - 1974)

Swiss and of remoter French ancestry, Frank Martin later settled in Holland, while teaching composition in Cologne. He had earlier been associated with the Dalcroze Institute, while enjoying a career also as a keyboard player and teacher. His music combines a German element with French in a musical idiom that is his own, which remained tonal even after the principles of Schoenberg’s serialism had been absorbed and adapted to his own particular use.

Stage Music

Martin wrote two operas, a version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest (Der Sturm) and of Molière’s Monsieur de Pourceaugnac. Ballets include Das Märchen vom Aschenbrödel (‘The Story of Cinderella’), and there is what is described as an oratorio/spectacle in Le mystère de la Nativité (‘The Mystery of the Nativity’). He provided incidental music for plays from the Oedipus trilogy of Sophocles, for Racine’s Athalie and for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Orchestral Music



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