Bartók, Béla Viktor János
Bennet, Richard Rodney
Bozza, Eugène Joseph
Dahl, Walter Ingolf Marcus
Del Tredici, David
Griffes, Charles Tomlinson
Guarnieri, Mozart Camargo
Hanson, Howard Harold
Hüe, Georges Adolphe
Jirák, Karel Boleslav
Kennan, Kent Wheeler
La Montaine, John
Williams, Ralph Vaughan
Scherzo for flute and piano (H. 174a)
Bohuslav Martinu: Scherzo for flute and piano (H. 174a) was written in 1929 as a part of his Sextet for Wind and Piano (H. 174). The Scherzo is its third, short movement that has been published separately since 1960s.
In 1923 Martinu went to Paris where he experimented with modern French neo-classical developments. During that period Martinu adopted jazz idioms which were applied in his Sextet for Wind and Piano.
The Scherzo is a brilliant divertimento, spiced with lively rhythm and the homage to a well-known passage from the finale of Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé.
Gottlieb Wallisch (piano), 2022, Naxos
Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959) was a Czech composer and violinist who started his musical career as a violinist in the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. At the age of 33 he moved to Paris where he gradually developed his compositional style which can be described as neoclassicism. The most prolific period of composing was during his stay in the United States.
One of his characteristic features in his symphonies is a prominent part for piano. Martinů was very introvert person and there have been assumptions that he had some sort of autistic disorder, most likely Asperger syndrome.