Duo for Violin and Cello, H.157 (Martinů, Bohuslav)

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Publisher. Info. Paris: Max Eschig, 1928. Plate S.M. 144.
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Work Title Duo No. 1 for Violin and Cello
Alternative. Title
Composer Martinů, Bohuslav
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. H.157
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IBM 12
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 2 sections
  1. Preludium. Andante moderato - Poco vivo
  2. Rondo. Allegro con brio
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1927
First Performance. 1927-03-17 in Paris
Stanislav Novak (violin), Mauritz Frank (cello)
First Publication. 1928
Dedication Stanislav Novak & Mauritz Frank
Average DurationAvg. Duration 10-15 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation Violin, Cello
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Composed in Paris where he had been a resident for 3 years, this first duo (out of 2 for this format) was dedicated to his compatriots, the violinist Stanislav Novak and the cellist Mauritz Frank, of string quartet fame (they played his String Quartet No.1 in its first performance, in Prague). This duo was first performed on 17th March 1927.

Arguably in C major(/minor). The cadenza in the finale is sometimes wholly omitted (indeed the work is sometimes played in a simplified form).