Growing up in a bell tower

Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů was born and spent most of his childhood in a church tower in Polička, on the borders of Bohemia and Moravia.  Martinů recalled that the panoramic view encapsulated “the vast and boundless space I am always searching for in my music.”

Source: Calum MacDonald, “Bohuslav Martinů”, BBC Music, August 2009, p.44.