flutist Frans Vester (1922-1987) was a very versatile musician, who
influenced many flutists and other musicians in The Netherlands by both
his flute playing and his views on performing and musicianship in
general. Vester also was quite influential abroad, being the founder and
artistic leader of the Danzi Woodwind Quintet (1958-1970),
that performed world-wide and was very successful. But also Vester was
well-known by his lectures and articles about playing the flute and
of departure for true musicianship was for Vester the feeling of a great
responsibility and truthfulness towards the composer and the composition.
In his view the interpretation of a composition should be based on
knowledge and not on the so-called “own intuition”. This knowledge
could be acquired by adequately studying musical sources.
activities of Vester were based of this philosophy. The many editions of
flute music that were prepared by him are examples of this scholarly and
assembling information year after year in 1969 the Flute Repertoire
Catalogue (London, Musica Rara; sold out since many years!) appeared,
followed in 1985 by the exhaustive bibliography Flute Music of the 18th
Century (Monteux, Musica Rara).
the occasion of his retirement as professor of flute at the Royal
Conservatory at The Hague the Dutch Government asked him to write a book
on the performance practice of music for winds by W.A. Mozart. The book
appeared after his death edited by Rien de Reede with the
title W.A. Mozart- On the performance of the Works for Wind
Instruments (Amsterdam, Broekmans & Van Poppel, 1999). It can be
considered as a major achievement in the area of a truthful
musicological approach of the music of the 18th century.