Frank Martin – Composer
(1890 – 1974)
(1890 – 1974)
Frank Martin (b. Geneva 1890) lived at Bollelaan 11, Naarden (The Netherlands) from 1 March 1956 until his death on 21 November 1974. It was here that he created a great number of his compositions, such as Le Mystère de la Nativité (1957-59), Monsieur de Pourceaugnac (1961-1962), Pilate (1964), the Concerto for Cello (1965), the Concerto II for Piano (1968-1969), the Requiem (1971-72), the Polyptyque (1973) and Et la Vie l’emporta (1974).
Maria Martin, the composer’s widow, has kept the ground floor of the house unchanged since Frank Martin’s death in 1974. He worked on the cantata Et la Vie l’emporta until ten days before his death. The house contains archives and is a documentation centre for students, musicologists and musicians who want to know more about the composer.
Frank Martin loved the house in its idyllic setting surrounded by a big garden full of birds and (red) squirrels. One summer’s day he stayed at home to compose in total concentration, but said to his wife on her return, almost disappointed: “I haven’t had a single quiet moment! The tits chirped so loudly and a squirrel came right up to my desk”.
Please note: The manuscripts (music and text) are kept at the Paul Sacher Stiftung in Basel. Most of Frank Martin’s compositions are published by Universal Edition in Vienna.
How to make an appointment
It is possible to visit the Frank Martin House. Strictly by appointment: +31-(0)35-6945481.
How to find the Frank Martin House
The small town of Naarden is situated between Amsterdam and Amersfoort. On the A1, take exit 7 (Bussum; Naarden; Naarden-Vesting). Turn right at the end of the exit and turn right again at the first traffic lights. After the viaduct this road is called Bollelaan. Number 11 is situated at the corner of the third road on the right (Van Rossumlaan).
Bollelaan 11, 1411 JV Naarden, The Netherlands
tel: +31 (0) 35 694 2004
Supported by the “République et Canton de Genève”
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