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Composer of the Week

Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959)

Episode 1: A Room with a View

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Donald Macleod focuses on Martinu's extraordinary childhood in a small town on the Bohemian-Moravian border. Works include Songs on One Page and Piano Concerto No 2. Show more

Composer of the Week

Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959)

Episode 3: Love and War

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Donald Macleod assesses the converging events surrounding Martinu's love affair with Vitezslava Kapralova, a fellow Czech composer. Including excerpts from Martinu's opera Julietta. Show more

Composer of the Week

Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959)

Episode 4: Stars and Stripes

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Donald Macleod follows the dramatic events of Martinu's flight from war-torn Europe to America, where he began to write symphonies. With Memorial to Lidice; Symphony No 4 (2nd mvt). Show more

Composer of the Week

Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959)

Episode 5: The Nomad

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Donald Macleod assesses Martinu's complicated relationship with his homeland. With the art-inspired Frescoes of Piero della Francesca and the opera The Greek Passion. Show more