Every once in a while my phone rings and the question pops up “Are you at home?”. It’s Marco Kalkman, composer, conductor, singer, violonist, harpsicord player and organiser and creator of all sorts of inspiring projects combining music and theatre. I met Marco years ago, when I played and sung in his cildrens opera “The Happy Family”.
With the Dutch composer Peter Visser and his wife Christine, we were Trio Picantolino: voice, violin and piano. Peter and Christine are also friends who visit us on a regular basis.
Last time they were here, Marijke Verbeeck and I rehearsed with Peter four songs he has composed for our MaGMa Trio. Four poems of a 19th century Dutch poet were put to music by Peter. The young Dutch romantic Jacques Perk was a frequent visitor of La Roche, like his father, and here he met Mathilde Thomas, who became his source of inspiration, his “raison d’être”, his Muse as it were. For her he wrote one hundred sonnets and out of these Peter Visser selected four: “Dorpsvesper” – “Village vesper”, “De Forel”- “The trout”, “De Burcht in Puin”-“Castle in ruins” en “Dorpsdans”-“Village dance”.
After discussions with our Trio and Marco Kalkman where Gérard Lambert met his colleague composer and harpsicord player, we now intend to organise a special concert, featuring these four songs, which should take place here in La Roche, where Jacques met Mathilde.
With painter Daisy Hoste we are exploring her contribution to this event with paintings that match well with the musical atmosphere.
We will definitely be back to you when more becomes clear!
Enjoy the week,