Sonata da chiesa
for viola d’amore and organ (also in other versions available)

Year of composition

1938

Duration

14'

Scored for

viola d’amore and organ
Other versions by Frank Martin: flute and organ (1941); viola d’amore and string orchestra (1952); oboe d’amore and organ (ed. Gunther Joppig).
Arrangements by others: flute and string orchestra (Victor Desarzens, 1958); flute and string orchestra (Gunnar Cohrs, 1993); soprano saxophone and organ (Arno Bornkamp, 2006).

Publication information

Original version (UE12118); for flute and organ (1941, UE13015); for viola d’amore and string orchestra (1952, UE print on demand); for oboe d’amore and organ (ed. Gunther Joppig, UE17528); for flute and string orchestra (arr. Victor Desarzend 1958, UE13013); for flute and string orchestra (arr. Gunnar Cohrs 1993, UE30868)

Premiere

World premiere: Basle, 8 December 1939. Gertrud Flügel, viola d’amore; Hans Balmer, organ
First performance version for flute and organ: Lausanne, 11 June 1942. Maria Martin, flute; Charles Faller, organ
First performance version for viola d’amore and string orchestra: Turin, 29 April 1953. Aurelio Arcidiacono, viola d’amore; Virgilio Brun, conductor
First performance version for flute and string orchestra (arr. Victor Desarzens): Lausanne 15 October 1959 (broadcast). Marianne Clément, flute; Victor Desarzens, conductor

Recordings (selective list)

  • Version for viola d’amore and string orchestra (1952)
    J. Rieber, viola d’amore
    Münch Chamber Orchestra
    Hans Stadlmair, conductor
    KOCH CLASSICS 3-6732-2 ℗ + © 1999 (FMS178)

  • Version for flute and organ (1941)
    Gunilla von Bahr, flute
    Hans Fagius, organ
    BIS-CD-71 © 1980 + ℗ 1996 (FMS104)

  • Version for flute and organ (1941)
    Enea Luzzani, flute
    Tommaso Mazzoletti, organ
    Brilliant Classics © + ℗ 2023

  • Version for soprano saxophone and organ (arr. Arno Bornkamp, 2006).
    ‘Frank Martin and the saxophone’
    Arno Bornkamp, soprano saxophone
    Leo van Doeselaar, organ (Cavaillé Coll)
    OTR C12095 ℗ 2012 (FMS003)

  • Version for flute and string orchestra (arr. Victor Desarzens, 1952)
    José-Daniel Castellon, flute
    Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne
    Nicolas Chalvin, conductor
    Claves Records LC3369 ℗ + © 2019 (FMS026)

  • Version for flute and string orchestra (arr. Victor Desarzens, 1952)
    ‘Frank Martin - Intégrale des oeuvres pour flûte’
    Emanuel Pahud, flute
    Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
    Thierry Fischer, conductor
    Musique Suisses MGB 6275 CD2 © + ℗ 2012 (FMS107)

  • Version for flute and organ (1941)
    Marieke Schneemann, flute
    Jacob Lekkerkerker, organ
    STEMRA 88633-2 ℗ 2007 (FMS052)

  • Version for flute and organ (1941)
    ‘Frank Martin - Intégrale des oeuvres pour flûte’
    Emanuel Pahud, flute
    Tobias Berndt, organ
    Musique Suisses MGB 6275 CD2 © + ℗ 2012 (FMS107)

  • Version for viola d’amore and string orchestra (1952)
    Alberto Vianello, viola d'amore
    Youth String Orchestra Piccola Accademia
    Alberto Vianello, conductor
    CRMD CD - 9901 ℗ 1999 (FMS137)

  • Version for oboe and organ
    ‘Works for oboe & organ’
    Hansjörg Schellenberger, oboe
    Hedwig Bilgram, organ
    DENON CO-75081 ℗ 1992 (FMS170)

  • Version for flute and string orchestra (arr. Victor Desarzens, 1952)
    ‘Spiritoso’
    Johannes Hustedt, flute
    St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra of Vilnius
    Donatas Katkus, conductor
    RBM 463042/43 ℗ 2006 (FMS190)

  • Version for flute and organ (1941)
    ‘Flöte und Orgel’
    Johannes Walter, flute
    Hans-Jürgen Scholze, organ
    Ars Vivendi 2100197 ℗ 1990 (FMS195)

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