Manuscripts

Dusting off Piles of Manuscripts

Piles of manuscripts on an antique table of a Swiss composer in The Netherlands… The interior of the Frank Martin House is like a time capsule: A beautiful garden with old trees, small windows, parquet flooring, and 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 A chest of drawers in the music room filled with manuscripts, some of them unpublished drafts or study scores. We’re opening the content of these drawers to the world by making a digital catalogue of the musical heritage of this great composer. We’re looking at the manuscripts lovingly kept by Maria, his spouse for 35 years. We’re dusting off the treasures and making an inventory. The content of this treasure trove reveals not only music notes, but also the spirit of the composer. Music that comes from an inner urge.

The Frank Martin database catalogue will be public later on this website. Our work is nearing 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