Composer Frank Martin (1890-1974) and pianist Paul Badura-Skoda (b. 1927) were musical soulmates and good friends. Frank Martin wrote two piano works for his Viennese virtuoso friend in the last nine years of his life: Concerto II pour piano et orchestre (1968-69) and Fantaisie sur des rythmes flamenco for piano solo (1973). Both works were created in a unique cooperation between composer and pianist that can only exist when people are good friends and have complete trust in each other’s musical integrity.
The letters they wrote to each other between 1965 and 1974 that illustrate this creative process and the interpretation of the works, will be available later this year (November 2018) in a book published by Universal Edition, Vienna. Frank Martin’s biographer Bernhard Billeter has annotated the letters in an introduction. The book is published in three languages: German, French and English. Readers also have access to an internet file with a pdf of the original letters.