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Guide to the Jean Martinon papers 1923/1994

Overview of the Collection

Title:

Jean Martinon papers

Dates:

1923-1994

Collector:

Martinon, Jean, 1910-1976

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Barraud, Henry, 1900-1997 Baudo, Serge, 1927-

Berliner Philharmoniker

Böhm, Karl, 1894-1981 Borsari, Amédée, 1905-1999

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Brisson, Pierre, 1896-1964 Canarina, John, 1934- Casadesus, Francis, 1870-1954 Charles, Edouard

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Chouraqui, André, 1917-2007 Comissiona, Sergiu Cziffra, Georges, 1921-1994

Drake University. College of Arts and Sciences

Dutilleux, Henri, 1916-

Düsseldorfer Symphoniker

Ferras, Christian, 1933-1982 Fournet, Jean Fournier, Jean, 1911-2003 Fournier, Pierre, 1906-1986 Francescatti, Zino, 1902-1991 Gavoty, Bernard Gingold, Josef Haitink, Bernard, 1929- Hamon, Jean Hasselmann, Roland Henze, Hans Werner, 1926- Hétu, Pierre, 1936-1998

Indiana University. School of Music

Inghelbrecht, D. E. (Désiré Emile), 1880-1965

Jean Martinon Society

Jolivet, André, 1905-1974 Karajan, Herbert von Kubelík, Rafael, 1914-1996 Landowski, Marcel, 1915-1999 Le Roux, Maurice Lees, Benjamin, 1924-2010 Leinsdorf, Erich, 1912-1993 Lescuyer, Christian Loewenguth, Alfred Lumbroso, Nelly, b. 1877 Malraux, André, 1901-1976 Menuhin, Yehudi, 1916-1999 Messiaen, Olivier, 1908-1992 Mihalovici, Marcel, 1898-1985 Moreux, Serge, 1900-1959 Munch, Charles, 1891-1968

Norddeutscher Rundfunk

Nussy Saint-Saëns, Marcel Ohana, Maurice, 1913-1992

Orchestre des concerts Lamoureux

Otterloo, Willem van Peck, Donald Proffit, André

Radiodiffusion française. Orchestre national

Reiner, Fritz, 1888-1963 Remoortel, Edouard van, 1926-1977 Rosenthal, Manuel, 1904-2003 Roussel, Albert, 1869-1937 Rózsa, Miklós, 1907-1995 Ruchpaul, Eva, 1928- Schmidt-Isserstedt, Hans, 1900-1973 Schoenberg, Gertrud Serkin, Rudolf, 1903-1991 Solti, Georg, 1912-1997

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Starker, Janos Stern, Isaac, 1920-2001 Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971 Szeryng, Henryk

Repository:

Music Library

Deering Library
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL, 60208
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/music
Email: musiclibrary@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3434

Abstract:

The Jean Martinon Papers consist of materials created by composer/conductor Jean Martinon himself (including published and unpublished manuscript scores and arrangements of compositions written between 1935 and 1975, as well as biographical and other materials produced or collected by the Jean Martinon Society and the Association Jean Martinon.

Biographical Information

Born on January 10, 1910 in Lyon, the French conductor and composer, Jean Martinon entered the Lyon and Paris conservatoires to study the violin. At Lyon, his teacher was Maurice Foundray and at the Paris Conservatory, he studied violin technique with Jules Boucherit. While at the Paris conservatory, Martinon took composition with Albert Roussel and Vincent d’Indy. After completing the composition courses, he studied conducting with Charles Munch and Désormière. He graduated from the Paris Conservatory in 1928, winning a premier prix.

Martinon’s familiarity with conducting started in France, followed by various appointments in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. In 1946, he embarked on a conducting career directing the Concerts du Conservatoire in Paris and the Bordeaux Symphony. The successful debut with the LPO led to his appointment as associate conductor of the orchestra in 1947. From 1947-1950 Martinon directed the Radio Eireann orchestra, Dublin and in 1951, he returned to Paris to conduct the Concerts Lamoureux until 1957. From 1957-1959, Martinon conducted the Israel Philharmonic. His appointment as the next conductor of the Düsseldorf Symphony occurred in 1959. Martinon was in Düsseldorf until 1963 when the Chicago Symphony Orchestra selected him as their music director, a position he held until 1968. During that same year, he returned to France to direct the French National Radio Orchestra and served as the principal conductor of the Hague Residentie–Orkest from 1974 until shortly before his death in 1976.

Martinon’s extensive experience as a composer led to his approach to conducting. The Symphoniette pour orchestre á cordes, piano, harpe et timbales, op. 16, from 1935, is one of three first attempts at composition. After enlisting in the war, Martinon’s imprisonment in a German camp, Stalag IX A, resulted in several new compositions, Psaume 136, le Chant des Captifs, Musique d’Exil, Sonatina No.3, Sonatina No. 4 for wind instruments, and various choral works. In 1946, the city of Paris awarded a prize to his composition le Chant des Captifs. After the war, other notable compositions include Symphonie no. 3 (Irlandaise), the Concerto no. 2 pour violin et orchestre, op. 5, dedicated to Szeryng, and the Concerto pour cello et orchestre, op. 52, composed for Pierre Fournier. For the stage Martinon composed two works, the ballet Ambohimanga ou la Cité Bleue and in 1949 the opera Hécube with a libretto by Serge Moreux. Symphony no.4 Altitudes was the outcome of a commission from the Chicago Symphony to commemorate its 75th anniversary.

Martinon had recently taken on a position at the Paris Conservatory to teach conducting when he died from a serious illness on March 1, 1976.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The materials were donated to the Northwestern University Music Library by Martinon's widow, Nery Martinon, beginning in December 29, 1986.

Appraisal Information

Several duplicate published scores were discarded. Small amounts of duplicate and extraneous material were discarded.

Conditions Governing Use

The status and copyright on these materials are governed by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S.C.). All requests for use of any kind of these materials must be made in writing to the Head Music Librarian.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers under library restrictions. All access to these materials is strictly controlled. Permission of the Head Music Librarian is required.

Preferred Citation

Jean Martinon papers, Northwestern University Music Library, Evanston, Illinois

Scope and Contents

The materials in the Jean Martinon Papers span the years 1923-1994. Reflecting the origin of the materials, the collection has been organized into eight series: Ephemera (Manuscript), Ephemera (Printed), Correspondence, Jean Martinon Society Records, Association Jean Martinon Publications, Published Scores, Unpublished Scores, and Arrangements. In most cases, original folder titles have been retained. Materials within folders are arranged chronologically.

Series I, II, and III consist of Martinon's own papers, writings, correspondence, and other documents. Items in Series I include Martinon's articles, lectures, and poetry; of particular note are the materials illuminating Martinon's interest in mountain climbing. Series II includes programs from Martinon's own performances and from performances of his works. The correspondence files in Series III consist of individual folders of letters to and from fifty friends and colleagues. The folders are arranged alphabetically by surname of the correspondent. Topics include questions posed to Andre Malraux from a group composed of Martinon, Dutilleux, Ohana, and others who disliked the Viennese School and electronic music. Correpsondence dates from 1959-1976, with the bulk of the letters dating in the early-to-mid 1960s.

Series IV consists of materials donated to the Music Library by the Jean Martinon Society when the group disbanded in 1993. The publications in Series V provide much information about Martinon's life and work, including volumes of photocopied interviews and articles, reviews of recordings and performances, and a catalogue raisonée of his recordings. Much of the Association Jean Martinon material is in French.

Series VI contains fourteen folders of published scores. Two scores have the same opus number, Introduction et toccata, op. 45 and Symphonie no 3 "Irlandaise", op. 45. The Jean Martinon Society lists the first composition as op. 44. However, in examining the score of Introduction et toccata, it clearly is marked as op. 45.

Five boxes constitute Series VII, consisting of unpublished scores, including two compositions that were never published, En Promenade and Déchiffrage pour hautbois.

Series VIII contains three folders of Martinon's arrangements of music by Bach, Beethoven, and Paganini.

INVENTORY

Ephemera (Manuscript)

1926-1973, n.d.

Box 1

Folder 1

Program Notes

1953-1964, n.d.

Box 1

Folder 2

Composition Course (Lecture Notes)

n.d.

Box 1

Folder 3

Poetry (Montagnes)

1926-1930

Box 1

Folder 4

Sports (Mountain Climbing)

1967-1972, n.d.

Box 1

Folder 5

Contact List and Contract

1973, n.d.

Ephemera (Printed)

1923-1987, n.d.

Box 1

Folder 6

The Conductor (Compact disc and programs from Grand Cercle, Aix-Les-Bains and Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

1938-1967

Box 1

Folder 7

Violinist (Programs)

1923-1941

Box 1

Folder 8

Program Notes for Martinon's Compositions

n.d.

Box 1

Folder 9

Programs (Performances of Martinon's work)

1937-1988, n.d.

Correspondence

1952-1976, n.d.

Folder 1

Barraud, Henri

1960-1961, n.d.

Folder 2

Baudo, Serge

1976

Folder 3

Böhm, Karl

1963, n.d.

Folder 4

Canarina, John

1976

Folder 5

Chouraqui, André

1970

Folder 6

Clarendon controversy

1952-1959

Folder 7

Comissiona, Sergiu

1976

Folder 8

Cziffra, Georg

1964

Folder 9

Dutilleux, Henri

1960, 1962

Folder 10

Ferras, Christian

1963-1964

Folder 11

Fournet, Jean

1959

Folder 12

Fournier, Jean

1962-1963

Folder 13

Fournier, Pierre

1962-1965, n.d.

Folder 14

Francescatti, Zino

1963

Folder 15

Gingold, Josef

1969

Folder 16

Haitink, Bernard

1965

Folder 17

Henze, Hans Werner

1964-1965

Folder 18

Hétu, Pierre

1962-1963

Folder 19

Inghelbrecht, D.E.

1962

Folder 20

Jolivet, André

1960

Folder 21

Karajan, Herbert von

1961

Folder 22

Landowsky, Marcel

1964

Folder 23

Lees, Benjamin

1964-1965

Folder 24

Leinsdorf, Erich

1963-1965

Folder 25

LeRoux, Maurice

1976

Folder 26

Loewenguth, Alfred

1963

Folder 27

Malraux, André

1963, n.d.

Folder 28

Menuhin, Yehudi

1961

Folder 29

Messiaen, Olivier

1960

Folder 30

Mihailovici, Marcel

1965

Folder 31

Moreux, Serge

1954-1959, n.d.

Folder 32

Munch, Charles

1959

Folder 33

Nussy Saint-Saëns

n.d.

Folder 34

Ohana, Maurice

1963-1965

Folder 35

Otterloo, Willem van

1962

Folder 36

Peck, Donald

1976

Folder 37

Reiner, Fritz

1962

Folder 38

Remoortel, Edouard van

1961, n.d.

Folder 39

Rosenthal, Manuel

1964

Folder 40

Roussel, Albert

1961

Folder 41

Rozsa, Miklos

1964-1965

Folder 42

Ruchpaul, Eva

1970, n.d.

Folder 43

Schmidt-Isserstedt, Hans

1963-1964

Folder 44

Schoenberg, Mrs. Arnold

1965

Folder 45

Serkin, Rudolf

1969

Folder 46

Solti, Georg

n.d.

Folder 47

Starker, Janos

1963-1964, n.d.

Folder 48

Stern, Isaac

n.d.

Folder 49

Stravinsky, Igor

1964-1965

Folder 50

Szeryng, Henrik and Rafael Kubelik

1969

Jean Martinon Society records

1985-1994, n.d.

Box 3

Folder 1

Records

1985-1994, n.d.

Association Jean Martinon publications

n.d.

Box 3

Folder 2

Guide critique des enregistrements

n.d.

Box 3

Folder 3

Interviews et articles

n.d.

Box 3

Folder 4

Recueil de critiques des oeuvres (tome 1)

n.d.

Box 3

Folder 5

Recueil de critiques des oeuvres (tome 2)

n.d.

Scores (Published)

1935-1974

Box 4

Folder 1

Après ma journée faite op. 26

1940

Box 4

Folder 2

Ballade du soldat incassable op. 40 no 2

1945

Box 4

Folder 3

Concerto giocoso pour violin et orchestre op. 18

1937

Box 4

Folder 4

Concerto lyrique pour un quatuor a cordes solo et un orchestre de 36 musiciens, op. 38

1962

Box 4

Folder 5

Concerto pour flute et orchestre

1971

Box 4

Folder 6

Concerto pour quatour de saxophones op. 38b

1974

Box 4

Folder 7

Concerto pour violoncelle et orchestre, op. 52

1967

Box 4

Folder 8

2e [i.e. Deuxième] concerto pour violon et orchestre, opus 51

1963

Box 4

Folder 9

Divertissement pour orchestre reduit

1942

Box 4

Folder 10

Doménon, ou, Musique pour quintette à vent

1970

Box 4

Folder 11

Duo : musique en forme de sonate pour violon et piano, opus 47

1959

Box 4

Folder 12

Epilogue d'un conte d'amour : berceuse pour piano, op. 35, no 1

1947

Box 4

Folder 13

Les horizons perdus pour chant et piano

1946

Box 4

Folder 14

Humanité (Les Soirs) pour chant et piano op. 12

1940

Box 5

Folder 1

Hymne, variations et rondo op. 56

1961-1968

Box 5

Folder 2

Introduction et toccata op. 45

1947

Box 5

Folder 3

Mon plus joli rêve

1946?

Box 5

Folder 4

Musique d'exil, op. 31

1941

Box 5

Folder 5

Ouverture pour tragédie grecque op. 47

1951

Box 5

Folder 6

Paysage antérieur pour chant et piano, op. 25, no 1

1940

Box 5

Folder 7

Psaume CXXXVI : (Chant des captifs), op. 33

1946

Box 5

Folder 8

Psaume 136 (Chant des captifs) pour chant et piano avec choeurs, op. 33

1946

Box 6

Folder 1

Quatour a cordes no 1 op. 43

1946

Box 6

Folder 2

Quatour a cordes no 2 op. 54

1966

Box 6

Folder 3

Rapsodie 72 pour alto et piano

1972

Box 6

Folder 4

Sonatine no 1 pour violin et piano op. 19 no 1

1935

Box 6

Folder 5

Sonatine pour clarinette et piano op. 19 no 1b

1935-1968

Box 6

Folder 6

Sonatine no 2 pour violin et piano op. 19 no 2

1936

Box 6

Folder 7

Sonatine pour flute et piano op. 19 no 2b

1936-1968

Box 6

Folder 8

Sonatine no. 3 pour piano, op. 22

1946?

Box 6

Folder 9

Sonatine no 4 pour trio d'anches op. 26 no 1

1940

Box 6

Folder 10

Sonatine No. 6 für Violine allein, op. 49, No. 2

1960

Box 6

Folder 11

Sonatine a la lune qui s'en va pour chant et piano, op. 10, no. 3

1946?

Box 6

Folder 12

Suite nocturne pour violin et piano op. 34

1944

Box 6

Folder 13

Symphoniette pour orchestre à cordes, piano, harpe, et timbales

1952

Box 6

Folder 14

Symphonie no 3 "Irlandaise" op. 45

1948

Box 6

Folder 15

Symphonie no 4 "Altitudes" op. 53

1965

Box 6

Folder 16

Trio a cordes op. 32 no 2

1943

Box 6

Folder 17

Trois chansons op. 20

1938

Scores (Unpublished)

1935-1975, n.d.

Box 7

Folder 1

Absolve, Domine : motet pour 4 voix d'hommes et orchestre spécial, op. 30

1942

Box 7

Folder 2

Ambohimanga, ou La cité bleue : ballet radiophonique, op. 42

1949

Box 7

Folder 3

Appel de parfums : chœur à 4 voix d'hommes , op. 28, no. 2

1941

Box 7

Folder 4

183eme Concerto

1943

Box 7

Folder 5

Concerto giocoso pour violon et orchestre, op. 18

1937

Box 7

Folder 6

Concerto lyrique, op. 38a

1944

Box 7

Folder 7

Concerto pour alto op. 18b

1937

Box 8

Folder 1

Concerto pour cello et orchestre op. 52

1963

Box 8

Folder 2

Concerto pour flute et orchestre

1971

Box 8

Folder 3

Concerto pour quatour de saxophones

1974

Box 8

Folder 4

Concerto no 2 pour violin et orchestre op. 51

1958

Box 8

Folder 5

Déchiffrage pour hautbois

n.d.

Box 9

Folder 1

Fanfare en rondo op. 40

1946

Box 9

Folder 2

Hécube op. 46

1949

Box 9

Folder 3

Hécube (Acte 1) op. 46

1949

Box 9

Folder 4

Hécube (Acte 2) op. 46

1949

Box 10

Folder 1

Hymne variation et rondo

1961-1968

Box 10

Folder 2

Introduzione adagio et passacaglia op. 55

1966

Box 10

Folder 3

Le lis de Saron ou le cantique de cantiques op. 48

1952

Box 10

Folder 4

Motet pour quatre voix mixtes op. 28 no 4

1940

Box 10

Folder 5

Octour op. 57

1969

Box 10

Folder 6

Ode au soleil ne de la mort

1945

Box 10

Folder 7

Prélude et toccata, op. 50

1961

Box 11

Folder 1

En promenade

n.d.

Box 11

Folder 2

Quatour a cordes no 1 op. 43

1946

Box 11

Folder 3

Rapsodie 72 pour alto et piano op. 60

1971

Box 11

Folder 4

Romance bleue : rapsodie de concert pour violon solo et orchestre

1942

Box 11

Folder 5

Sonatine brève

1965

Box 11

Folder 6

Sonatine pour clarinette et piano

1972

Box 11

Folder 7

Suite enchainée pour 11 cordes et clavecin

1975

Box 11

Folder 8

Suite nocturne pour violon et piano, op. 34

1946

Box 11

Folder 9

Symphonie en ut, op. 17

1934-1936

Box 11

Folder 10

Symphonie no 2 "Hymne a la Vie" op. 37

1944

Box 11

Folder 11

Symphonie no 3 "Irlandaise" op. 45

1948

Box 12

Folder 1

Symphonie no 4 "Altitudes" (originaux) op. 53

1965

Box 12

Folder 2

Symphonie no 4 "Altitudes" (corrections) op. 53

1965

Box 12

Folder 3

Symphonie no 4 "Altitudes" (new coda final) op. 53

1965

Box 12

Folder 4

Symphonie de voyages op. 49 no 1

1956

Box 12

Folder 5

Symphoniette op. 16

1935

Box 12

Folder 6

Trio a cordes op. 32 no 2

1943

Box 12

Folder 7

Trois nouvelles chansons op. 36

1968

Box 12

Folder 8

Vigintour no 1 op. 58

1968

Scores (Arrangements)

1946-1969, n.d.

Box 13

Folder 1

Grande fugue

1969

Box 13

Folder 2

Magnificat

n.d.

Box 13

Folder 3

Moto perpetuo

n.d.

Box 13

Folder 4

Sérénade

1946