Frank Martin

Biography

Born: September 15, 1890; Geneva, Switzerland   Died: November 21, 1974; Naarden, The Netherlands  
Martin's long, quietly productive career reflected a quest to reconcile creative imperatives with stylistic integrity in an era of unprecedented technical challenges, experiments, and fragmentation. A conventionally trained musician would have been less liable to brook such challenges as an ethical dilemma or to see in them an almost paralyzing array of possibilities, while Martin, the tenth child of a Calvinist pastor, felt both keenly. Martin Read more began composing at 8, was overwhelmed by a performance of Bach's St. Matthew Passion at 10, and by his 16th year knew that music was his destiny. While formally studying mathematics and physics at his parents' behest, he pursued music privately with the distinguished Swiss composer Joseph Lauber, who introduced him to the rudiments of piano, harmony, and composition. Martin became an able interpreter at the piano and harpsichord and, in later life, proved well enough equipped to make a definitive recording of his difficult Preludes (8) for piano. In 1918 Martin moved to Zurich, then on to Rome and Paris, returning to Geneva in 1926 with the experience of jazz hot in the ear. A meeting that year with Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, founder of eurhythmics, went hand-in-hand with exploration of Hindu and Bulgarian rhythms, issuing in the orchestral triptych Rhythmes (1926) an element of rhythmic nervosité as a persistent feature of his music. Modal and serial elements also informed his work without being slavishly adopted. That the fairly prolific Martin achieved his first characteristic work -- the secular oratorio Le vin herbé (1938-1941) -- only as he passed his 50th year owes as much, perhaps, to the German-dominated insularity of Swiss musical life as to the search for an ideal purity of utterance. The impact of Debussy and Ravel, for instance, was brought to bear only during the Great War through the revelations of Swiss conductor Ernest Ansermet, who performed Martin's Les dithyrambes in 1918 and became a champion of his work, making several classic recordings of it. Recognition came in the form of teaching posts, directorship of the Technicum Moderne de Musique, president of the Swiss Musicians' Union 1943-1946, a composition class at the Cologne Hochschule für Musik 1950-1957, and commissions (e.g., by Geneva Radio for the oratorio In terra pax for broadcast on armistice day). In 1943 he married his third wife, Maria Boeke, and in 1946 moved with her to Amsterdam, and later to Naarden. Masterworks flowed from his pen between concert tours that carried his music worldwide. Read less
Frank Martin / The Sixteen
Release Date: 03/15/2005   Label: Coro  
Catalog: 16029   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 101.
    Love Of My Soul / Scheibe, University Of Miami Chorale
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 542 Release Date: 09/24/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Martin,  Z. Randall Stroppe,  David Dickau,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Gower,  Anita Castiglione,  David Rhyne,  Sarah Bright  ... 
    Conductor:  Jo-Michael Scheibe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Miami Chorale,  Bergonzi String Quartet
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  • 102.
    Martin: Sechs Monologue aus
    Label: Cantate   Catalog: 58013 Release Date: 09/25/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Martin
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  • 103.
    Laureate Series, Guitar - José Antonio Escobar
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555719 Release Date: 09/18/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Martin,  Vicente Asencio,  Isaac Albeniz,  Dionysio Aguado  ... 
    Performer:  José Antonio Escobar
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  • 104.
    Martin: Golgotha / Siemens, Bargen, Decker, Gebhardt, Et Al
    Label: Audite Vengo   Catalog: 21401 Release Date: 06/26/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frank Martin
    Performer:  Friedhelm Decker,  Joachim Gebhardt,  Martin Blasius,  Margit Hungerbühler  ... 
    Conductor:  Hayko Siemens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Offenbach Chamber Orchestra,  Frankfurt Wind Ensemble,  Bad Homburg Church of the Saviour Choir
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  • 105.
    Camerata Bern
    Label: Musiques Suisses   Catalog: 69 Release Date: 03/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Martin,  Rudolf Kelterborn,  Heinz Holliger,  Klaus Huber  ... 
    Performer:  Heinz Holliger
    Conductor:  Heinz Holliger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Bern
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  • 106.
    Nocturnal  / Julian Bream
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 54901 Release Date: 10/17/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Martin,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Leo Brouwer,  Toru Takemitsu  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Bream
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  • 107.
    Für Eliot / Eliot Fisk
    Label: Gsp Recordings   Catalog: 1008 Release Date: 09/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Martin,  Niccolň Paganini,  Relly Raffman,  Manuel Ponce  ... 
    Performer:  Eliot Fisk
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  • 108.
    Debussy, Poulenc: Sonatas;  Martin: Ballade / Conway, Evans
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 002 Release Date: 08/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Martin,  Francis Poulenc,  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  William Conway,  Peter Evans
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  • 109.
    Stravinsky: Four Etudes Op 7;  Berg, Helps, Martin / Watkins
    Label: Aca Digital   Catalog: 20008 Release Date: 07/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Martin,  Alban Berg,  Robert Helps,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  David Watkins
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  • 110.
    Trombone In Europe - Hindemith, Et Al
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 95435 Release Date: 06/27/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Martin,  Jean-Michel Defaye,  Betin Gunes,  Kazimierz Serocki  ... 
    Performer:  Fritz Walter-Lindqvist,  Thomas Horch
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  • 111.
    Guitar For Relaxation - Albeniz, Bach, Et Al / Julian Bream
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63675 Release Date: 05/16/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Francisco Tarrega,  Anton Diabelli  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Bream
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cremona String Quartet Members
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  • 112.
    Martin: Golgotha / Bock, Wiener Singakademie
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98327 Release Date: 02/29/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frank Martin
    Performer:  Norbert Zeilberger,  Jean-Phillipe Courtis,  Petteri Salomaa,  Jorge Perdigón  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Böck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Youth Orchestra,  Vienna Concentus Vocalis,  Vienna Singakademie
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  • 113.
    Images De Noel / Con Voce
    Label: Thorofon   Catalog: 2338 Release Date: 09/15/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Martin,  Paul-Henri Büsser,  Rainer Lautenbach,  Andreas N. Tarkmann  ... 
    Performer:  Heidrun Luchterhand,  Hans-Jörg Wegner,  Ellen Wegner,  Guido Larisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Con Voce
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  • 114.
    Gloria! - Music Of Praise And Inspiration / Shaw, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80519 Release Date: 10/27/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Frank Martin,  Aleksandr A. Kopďlov,  Arvo Pärt  ... 
    Performer:  Sylvia McNair,  Janice Taylor,  John Aler,  Tom Krause
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  Atlanta Symphony Chorus,  Robert Shaw Festival Singers  ... 
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  • 115.
    Gaubert, Casella, Et Al: Works For Flute / Sparks, Adams
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 226 Release Date: 09/15/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Martin,  Paul Hindemith,  Katherine Hoover,  Arthur Foote  ... 
    Performer:  Clinton Adams,  Mark Sparks
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  • 116.
    Martin: Mass, Passacaille;  Pizzetti / O'donnell, Et Al
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67017 Release Date: 02/10/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Martin,  Ildebrando Pizzetti
    Performer:  James O'Donnell
    Conductor:  James O'Donnell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Cathedral Choir
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  • 117.
    Frank Martin, Witold Lutoslawski, Jacques Ibert: Concertante
    Label: Campanella Records   Catalog: 30045 Release Date: 01/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski,  Frank Martin,  Jacques Ibert
    Performer:  HansJörg Schellenberger,  Margit-Anna Suss
    Conductor:  Zoltán Peskó
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  • 118.
    New York Legends - Jeanne Baxtresser, Principal Flute
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 512 Release Date: 03/11/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Walter Gieseking,  Frank Martin,  Otar Taktakishvili,  Philippe Gaubert  ... 
    Performer:  Jeanne Baxtresser,  Pedja Muzijevic,  Alan Stepansky,  Sarah Bullen
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  • 119.
    Martin: In Terra Pax, The Four Elements / Bamert, London Po
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9465 Release Date: 05/21/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Martin
    Performer:  Judith Howarth,  Della Jones,  Martyn Hill,  Stephen Roberts  ... 
    Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Brighton Festival Chorus
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  • 120.
    Martin: Songs Of Ariel, Mass For 2 Choirs, Passacaglia
    Label: Thorofon   Catalog: 2261 Release Date: 03/26/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Martin
    Performer:  Ulfert Smidt,  Sibylle Fischer
    Conductor:  Jörg Straube
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Figuralchor
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  • 121.
    Martin: Vocal And Chamber Music
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 71 Release Date: 03/26/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Martin
    Performer:  Christian Lindberg,  Roland Pöntinen,  Julian Jacobson,  Manuela Wiesler  ... 
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  • 122.
    Frank Martin: Der Cornet / Huttenlocher, Dunand, Et Al
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 725 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Martin
    Performer:  Philippe Huttenlocher
    Conductor:  Robert Dunand
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Academicum
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  • 123.
    Martin: Ballades / Bamert, London Philharmonic
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9380 Release Date: 08/22/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Martin
    Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 124.
    The Dale Warland Singers - Cathedral Classics
    Label: American Choral Catalog   Catalog: 120 Release Date: 07/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Herbert Howells,  Gregorio Allegri,  Samuel Barber,  Frank Martin
    Performer:  Patricia Thompson,  Dean Palermo,  Julie Ann Olson,  Brian Newhouse  ... 
    Conductor:  Dale Warland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dale Warland Singers
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  • 125.
    Evocation Of The Spirit / Shaw, Robert Shaw Festival Singers
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80406 Release Date: 03/28/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Martin,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Samuel Barber,  Arvo Pärt  ... 
    Performer:  Donna Carter
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Festival Singers
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