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a new volume of the complete edition

The Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition (BMCE)

BMCE_hlavičkaIn 2015 our publishing house launched the extensive Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition (BMCE), which constitutes the first scholarly critical edition of the complete works of this classic of twentieth-century Czech music in all the versions and arrangements that he created or authorised, some newly discovered and previously unpublished compositions inclusive. The BMCE is edited by the Bohuslav Martinů Institute in Prague.


Opening of the Springs H 354
The Legend of the Smoke from Potato Tops H 360
A Dandelion Romance H 364
Mikesh from the Mountains H 375

Edited by Vít Zouhar


· First scholarly-critical edition

· Vocal and recitative texts in original Czech
· Literal English translation (by Adam Prentis) of the texts of all the cantatas in their present edition
· Detailed preface and critical commentary (both in English and Czech) by the editor
· Facsimiles of key sources

The four chamber cantatas included in this volume were written in the composer’s intense creative period in the years 1955–1959 on the words by Martinů’s friend, the Polička poet Miloslav Bureš (1909–1968).

BA 10575-01_Martinu_Kantaty_s.3Both the themes and the language relate closely to Czech culture while transcending any regional limitations. Their dramaturgy, structure, subject, and treatment correspond to the composer’s concept of modern musical theatre. The motives of return and the search for one’s identity appear in his operas, cantatas, choral works, and song cycles from as early as the 1930s, as do the folklore-based compositional elements he used. Bureš’s unassuming combination of citations and stylisations of Czech folklore with the archetypes of rituals and legends was one of the main reasons why his poems resonated so strongly with Martinů, why the composer returned to them again and again, and why he set them to music in his cantatas.

This critical edition eliminates the minor discrepancies, errors, and additions that marred the previous editions (the addition of missing texts, vocals, dynamics, tempo changes, etc.) and were not in accordance with the composer’s intentions. The present edition takes note of documents that were often considered lost or destroyed (source texts, Bureš’s unknown correspondence, etc.) and explains the genesis, performance history, and period context of the cantatas based on the newest academic findings.

BA 10575-01 · cloth bound score (25,5 x 32,5 cm) · ISMN 979-0-2601-0835-6
Price:  EUR 240         BUY
Price reduction for a complete or partial subscription

Already published:
The Epic of Gilgamesh H 351  "Best Edition 2016"
BMCE VI/2/1, editor Aleš Březina
BA 10571-01 cloth band score   
Price: EUR 390   BUY

Symphony No. 4 H 305
BMCE II/1/4, editor Sharon Andrea Choa
BA 10572-01 cloth bound score 
Price: EUR 335   BUY

Chamber Music for 6-9 Instruments I
BMCE IV/4/1, editor Jitka Zichová
BA 10574-01 cloth bound score 
Price: EUR 282   BUY
Price reduction for a complete or partial subscription

In preparation for publishing in 2017: 
String Quartets Nos. 4-7
BMCE IV/3/2, editors Aleš Březina and Bohuslava Martinů Institute
BA 10576-01 cloth bound score