Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Frank Martin (1890 – 1974) was a Swiss composer, who lived a large part of his life in the Netherlands.
Frank Martin at sea off the coast of Iceland, 1963
Born into a Huguenot family in the Eaux-Vives quarter of Geneva, the youngest of the ten children of a Calvinist pastor named Charles Martin, Frank Martin was improvising at the piano even before he started school. At the age of nine, despite having received no musical instruction, he wrote some complete songs. He attended a performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's St. Matthew Passion when he was 12 and was deeply affected.
The Petite Symphonie Concertante of 1944/45 made Martin's international reputation and is the best known of his orchestral works.