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The Frescoes of Piero della Francesca

The Frescoes of Piero della Francesca (Les Fresques de Piero della Francesca), H. 352, is an orchestral work by Bohuslav Martinů.

It pays homage to the cycle of frescoes The History of the True Cross by Piero della Francesca, which Bohuslav Martinů had admired at Arezzo in 1954. He was inspired particularly by The Meeting of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba and by Constantine's Dream.

Martinů composed the work in Nice in 1955, and it was first performed in Salzburg by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Rafael Kubelik on 26 August 1956. The work is dedicated to Kubelik.


  1. Andante poco moderato
  2. Adagio
  3. Poco allegro

Selected recordingsEdit


The initial version of this article was based on a translation of the article on the work in the French Wikipedia.[1]


  1. ^ fr:Les Fresques de Piero della Francesca, French Wikipedia (in French)