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On tourne

(Roll the Cameras!)
Ballet in One Act
Edition: Performance material

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In this ballet completed in Paris in 1927, Bohuslav Martinu° was influenced by French neoclassicism which is presented here in a particularly lively and energetic manner. Popular melodies, vivacious rhythmic drive, cheeky and brash instrumentation and elements of the Paris jazz scene are uniquely blended with Martinu° ’s personal style.

On tourne [Roll the Cameras!] is actually a ballet for marionettes with an imaginative and bizarre plot about a maritime film shoot involving sailors, divers and all kinds of sea dwellers. 

Orchestral Cast

2 · 2 · 2 · 2 - 2 · 3 · 3 · 0 - P. S. (Xyl. · Trgl. · Beck. · kl. Tr.) (2 Spieler) - Klav. - Str.


I Das Spiel der Marionetten
II Tanz der Fische
III Der Taucher dreht die Kurbel
IV Der Tanz einer Perle
V Der Taucher lässt seinen Apparat liegen
VI Ein Hummer verliebt sich in eine Perle und macht ihr den Hof · Der Taucher verjagt den Fisch und ersticht den Hummer
VII Finale: Der Taucher erklärt seine Liebe, aber die besorgten Matrosen ziehen ihn wieder hoch


(Puppen): zwei Matrosen - ein Taucher - eine Perle - ein Hummer - ein Fisch - Fische

More Information

On tourne
(Roll the Cameras!)
Ballet in One Act
Textentwurf von Bohuslav Martinů
Performance material
Schott Music
Year of composition:
H 163
32 ′
World Premiere:
January 8, 1979 · Brno (CZ)
Conductor: Václav Nosek

Technical Details

Product number:
LP 2877-01
Delivery rights:
Distribution rights for all countries except Czech Republic and Slovakia

Preview/Media Contents



Set Ascending Direction
  • On tourne
    Martinů Festtage 2012
    Conductor: Thomas Herzog
    Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Basel
    November 24, 2012 | Basel (Switzerland) , Museum Tinguely
  • On tourne
    Conductor: Václav Nosek
    January 8, 1979 | Brno (Czech Republic) , Nationaltheater — World Premiere
  • Set Ascending Direction


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