From young age Martin van Hees, being part of different bands, started writing songs. During his classical studies the way of writing and creating songs became more complex and it turned into instrumental compositions. Martin is currently composing pieces on the classical guitar but also for his ensembles, such as Kluster5. Inspiration can come from different places, but mainly his ideas develop while travelling and exploring different places on earth. Improvisation is also a key element in his musical life, developing the way he composes. Besides that, Martin is fond of arranging music for different occasions and instruments. Below you can find an example of his works and arrangements.
Orewoet is an old Dutch word from the Middle Ages that is not anymore used in the common language. It was created by a poet called Hadewijch. Orewoet can be interpreted in many different ways but in this composition Martin describes the feeling between hope and despair.
This composition is based on a Greek dance from Ikaria, the Ikariotiko. It is a merge between this dance and the famous guitar-composition Koyunbaba by Carlo Domeniconi. That is how Martin came up with the title “Ikariotiko – koyunbaba – arrange”. The music slowly develops into the melody of the ikariotiko, however the melody is always present but hidden between the notes.
‘t Peerd van ome Loeks (2018) composed for Kluster5
How do we (2017) composed for CCO3 (2 guitars and drums)
Vibes (2017) composed for CCO3 (2 guitars and drums)
November Music (2017) composed for any combination of instruments
Abakaba (2015) composed for Kluster5
“Abakaba” is a 4-voice canon originally made for guitar, violin, baritone saxophone, piano and vibraphone, but it could be performed in any possible combination of instruments. Since there are 4 voices and 5 instruments, one of the instrumentalists can either leave out a voice or double a voice, thus creating enchanting sound colors. Besides that the order of the voices are not fixed on the scores giving freedom to the musician to play it every time in a different order.
Voice and Guitar
Do not Chide me Mother, I. Rybasov
Amid the Din of the Ball, N. Shiriayev
Gretchen am Spinnrade, F. Schubert (2 guitars and voice)
Habanera, G. Bizet
Violin/Viola and Guitar
Siete Canciones Populares Espanolas, M. De Falla
Folk Songs (Ballo, Loosin Yelav, I Wonder as I Wander, Rossignolet du bois, Malurous qu’o uno Fenno, Black is the Colour, La Donna ideals), L. Berio
Damunt de tu Nomes les Flors, F. Mompou
l’Amour est mort & La Chanson des Vieux Amants l, J. Brel
Cuckoo & the Ash grove, B. Britten
Thalassa & Armenaki, Griekse volksmelodieën
Spiegel im spiegel, A. Pärt
Fantasia, Courante & Rondeau, J.S. Bach/S.L. Weiss
Oblivion & Libertango by A. Piazzolla for classical guitar, electric guitar and drums
Spainje by Chick Corea for Kluster5
5 Dutch songs (Diep in mijn hart (Tante Leen), Zeg ‘t maar (Tante Leen), Duifies duifies (Harry Bannink), Aan de Amsterdamse grachten (trad.), Sammy (R. Shaffy)
BWV 1004, 2nd violin partita, J.S. Bach