The Solo and Chamber Compositions For Flute By Bohuslav Martinu

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)



First Advisor

Joe Barry Mullins

Advisor Department



Purpose of the Study. The purpose of this study was to examine the life of the Czechoslovakian composer Bohuslav Martinu and his works for flute. The study includes a discussion of all works by Martinu utilizing the flute in a major role and discography of Martinu's works in all genre. Procedure. Biographies of Martinu by Brian Large, Milos Safranek,(' ) and Harry Halbreich were used as major sources on the composer's life and works. Articles in journals and published scores were also used in the preparation of this study. Martinu's compositional style has been examined through the analysis of his two works for flute and piano: Scherzo (1929) and First Sonata (1945), and through examination of his other works utilizing flute in a major role. The analyses are presented in a structural form directed toward the performance of these works. Summary and Conclusions. Bohuslav Martinu made a significant contribution to literature for the flute. His First Sonata has achieved a place among the better flute sonatas composed in the twentieth century. Along with the First Sonata, Martinu's other compositions using flute in a prominent role also have proven to be appealing to both performers and audiences. As these works are discovered by more performers, they should achieve a place in, and remain a part of the flutists' repertoire.