Dusting off Piles of Manuscripts

Piles of manuscripts on an antique table. Swiss composer in The Netherlands. Interior of the Frank Martin House, a time capsule: beautiful garden with old trees, small windows, parquet flooring, Persian rugs family photographs. Frank Martin died in 1974 but it looks as if he left yesterday. His pencil at the piano.

A chest of drawers in the music room, filled with manuscripts, some of them unpublished: drafts, study scores. We like to open the content of these drawers to the world by making a digital catalogue of the musical heritage of a great composer. We look at the manuscripts lovingly kept by Maria, his spouse for 35 years. We dust off the treasures and make an inventory. The content of the treasure trove reveals not only music notes, but also the spirit of the composer. Music that comes from an inner urge.

The Frank Martin data base catalogue will be public later this year on this website. Our work is the end of one chapter and the beginning of a next: a link in the long chain of people in search of beauty.

Magda de Meester
Ferry Jongbloed