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Frank Martin

Show Count: 15
Series Count: 6
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: 15 September 1890, Geneva, Switzerland
Died: 21 November 1974, Naarden, Netherlands

Frank Martin (15 September 1890 – 21 November 1974) was a Swiss composer, who lived a large part of his life in the Netherlands.

Childhood and youth 

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 Bach's St. Matthew Passion when he was 12 and was deeply affected.

Respecting his parents' wishes, he studied mathematics and physics for two years at Geneva University, but all the time he was also working at his composition and studying the piano, composition and harmony with his first music teacher Joseph Lauber (1864 - 1953), a Geneva composer and by that time a leading light of the city's musical scene. In the 1920s, Martin worked closely for a time with Émile Jaques-Dalcroze from whom he learned much about rhythm and musical theory. Between 1918 and 1926 Martin lived successively in Zurich, Rome and Paris. Compositions of the period show him searching for an authentic musical voice of his own.

Works 

The Petite Symphonie Concertante of 1944/45 made Martin's international reputation and is the best known of his orchestral works, as the early Mass is the best known of his choral compositions and the Jedermann monologues for baritone and piano or orchestra the best known of his works for solo voice. Other Martin pieces include a full-scalesymphony (1936–1937), two piano concertos, a harpsichord concerto, a violin concerto, a cello concerto, a concerto for seven wind instruments, and a series of six one-movement works he called "ballades" for various solo instruments with piano or orchestra.

Among a dozen major scores for the theater are operatic settings of Shakespeare (Der Sturm [ The Tempest ], in August Wilhelm Schlegel's German version [1952 - 1955]) andMolière (Monsieur de Pourceaugnac [1960 - 1962]), and the satirical fairy tale La Nique à Satan (Thumbing Your Nose at Satan [1928 - 1931]). His works on sacred texts and subjects, which include another large-scale theater piece, Le Mystère de la Nativité (The Mystery of the Nativity) 1957/1959, are widely considered to rank among the finest religious compositions of the 20th century. Fellow Swiss musician Ernest Ansermet, a champion of his music from 1918 on, conducted recordings of many of Martin's works, such as theoratorio for soloists, double chorus & orchestra In Terra Pax (1944), with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.

Martin developed his mature style based on a very personal use of Arnold Schoenberg's twelve tone technique, having become interested in this around 1932, but did not abandontonality. Rather his preference for lean textures and his habitual rhythmic vehemence are at the furthest possible remove from Schoenberg's hyper-romanticism. Some of Martin's most inspired music comes from his last decade. He worked on his last cantata, Et la vie l'emporta, until ten days before his death. He died in Naarden, the Netherlands, and was buried in Geneva at the Cimetière des Rois.

Source: Wikipedia

Mayor Of The TownMayor Of The Town
Show Count: 12
Broadcast History: September 1942 to July 1949
Cast: Lionel Barrymore, Agnes Moorehead, Conrad Binyon
Director: Jack Van Nostrand
Producer: Murray Bolen, Knowles Entikin
Meet Corliss ArcherMeet Corliss Archer
Show Count: 8
Broadcast History: 7 January 1943 to 30 September 1956
Cast: Priscilla Lyon, Irvin Lee, Dexter Franklin, Bill Christy, David Hughes, Burt Boyar, Frank Martin, Gloria Holden, Irene Tedrow, Norman Field, Mary Wickes, Janet Waldo, Lugene Sandars, Sam Edwards, Fred Shields, Tommy Bernard, Kenny Godkin, Bebe Young, Barbara Whiting, Dolores Crane
Director: Bert Prager, Helen Mack
Although Meet Corliss Archer was CBS's answer to NBC's popular A Date with Judy, it was also broadcast by NBC in 1948 as a summer replacement for The Bob Hope Show. From October 3, 1952 to June 26, 1953, it aired on ABC, finally returning to CBS. Despite the program's long run, less than 24 episodes are known to exist.
Broadcast: 7th June 1945
Added: Oct 18 2008
Broadcast: 29th April 1940
Added: Apr 28 2008
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Added: Jun 22 2015
Broadcast: 23rd May 1949
Added: Jun 08 2008