Frank Martin - Ein Totentanz zu Basel
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Cat No: 7779972
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 2nd September 2016
Hineni String Orchestra
Geoffrey Madge (piano)
Many texts describing dances of death began being written during the middle years of the fourteenth century. Painters and engravers like Hans Holbein and Albrecht Dürer depicted this subject. Perhaps the most famous pictorial representation of these danses macabres was produced in Basle - thirty-seven pictures painted on the cemetery walls of the local Dominican Monastery. In 1943 the pantomime Mariette von Meyenburg asked her uncle Frank Martin to compose the music for a stage performance that would feature the traditional, empathetic, and understanding figure of Death, thereby deliberately opposing the horrors and mass slaughter of World War II.
Frank Martin developed a scenario for a professional dancer who would portray Death and for a dozen pantomimes. The action consists of eight scenes in which Death meets with individuals whose time is over. They are portrayed by the members of boys’ choir and accompanied by a small orchestra. Martin has a large jazz band play the music of the dances of death – the so-called musique profane. Despite critically acclaimed performances, the music was never published. Maria Martin, the composer’s widow, suggested that a concert suite be developed on the basis of the Danse Macabre in Basle, 1943 to save the music from oblivion. However, this strategy would not have kept the complete version – a genuine masterpiece – from suffering the very same fate. Therefore, this new release from CPO is the complete original version.
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