Pan’s universe in colorful tones …
The tone poem “Pan”, op. 43 by the Czech composer Vítězslav Novák, is an evocation of the mythical forest god, Pan, in five parts: Prologue, Mountains, Sea, Forest and Woman. Forces of nature are recalled musically, from overwhelming and majestic, to subtle and sensual, to serene tranquility; a masterpiece of neo-romantic style and modernist harmonies. All in great thematic unity, as the word “pan” also means.
In addition to Beethoven’s 250th – , the year 2020 is also the 150th birth year of Vítězslav Novák. At the initiative of pianist Tobias Borsboom, Novák’s ‘Pan’ will be performed at various locations in the Netherlands during 2020. Tobias Borsboom, one of the Netherlands’ most famous young pianists for his poetic, colorful interpretations, is for these concerts in collaboration with the artist Maryleen Schiltkamp, who interprets this piano piece in her own unique way, from her discipline as a painter. Schiltkamp, who lived and worked in Prague for many years, has made oil paintings for the five parts of Novák’s Pan. These “Pan” paintings will take part in the concerts. For the event at the Haagse Kunstkring in The Hague, she will also paint live simultaneously with the music as performance art, creating the artwork ‘live’, following the structure of the music composition.
Tobias Borsboom – pianist Maryleen Schiltkamp – music painter
Tobias Borsboom ‘Pan’ video Vlissingen