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Thomas Albertus Irnberger: 5 reasons to play Martinů
To tie in with our review of his Martinů CD, the violinist explains why he loves the Czech composer’s music 1. Martinů was an incredibly versatile composer, who was able to create a style combining French Impressionism, Neoclassicism and jazz with the old Czech tradition, following the lead of figures such as Dvořák, Smetana and Janáček. After all, he lived in many places throughout his life - Prague, Paris, Polička, New York, Switzerland - and each of these places left their mark on his music.