BOHUSLAV MARTINU (1890-1959): Complete Piano Music, Vol. 2 - Puppets, Books 1-3, Film en miniature, Spring in the Garden, Butterflies and Birds of Paradise, The Fifth Day of the Fifth Moon, Les bouquinistes de Quai Malaquais.
Catalogue Number: 03I055
Description: Puppets (1912-24) and Film (1925) show the young Martinu's preoccupations with popular culture, the former being based on commedia dell'arte characters but whose musical representations are decidedly as trans-Atlantic as the more obvious ones associated with silent film accompaniment. Standing out is the three-piece set of Butterflies and Birds of Paradise (the final piece is over eight minutes long) which use the language of Impressionism to evoke the brilliant colors and shimmering quality of their subjects. Giorgio Koukl (piano).