Frank Martin Society ‘Open Day’ 2017

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On the 11th of June at the beautiful Tindal Villa in Bussum (Netherlands), guitarist Martin van Hees arrived, accompanied by Frank Martin specialist Magda de Meester and the members of the Frank Martin Society.

The sun was shining brightly and the audience – consisting of Frank Martin lovers, associates and relatives – could have their refreshments in the garden of the villa. The program of the day started with a lecture by Magda de Meester on Frank Martin and his only composition for the classical guitar: Quatre Pièces Brèves.
This was followed by a performance of the Quatre Pièces Brèves by guitarist Martin van Hees, and then continued with Magda interviewing Martin.
An interesting conversation developed during the interview which led to an analysis of the Quatre Pièces Brèves. The audience enjoyed a profound talk between the Frank Martin specialist and the guitarist which resulted in a repeat performance of the work. Now the audience had in-depth access to the composition and thus could better understand and appreciate the meaning and underlying meaning.

Many positive reactions were received by the guitarist and the lecturer. Afterwards the audience appreciated the fine weather and good conversations while enjoying their coffee at the beautiful villa.

Martin van Hees