Tinco Lycklama knew how to play the piano. He also knew how to write music. We will soon discover whether his compositions are pleasant to the ear. Indeed, we have located and obtained copies of the partitures written by Tinco!
Tinco loved music. His mother played the harp. Tinco played the piano. We know this not only from his own writings, but also from news reports about how Tinco entertained at the Villa Escarras in Cannes.
The guests at Tinco’s parties enjoyed performances by the orchestra of the Cercle Nautique, led my Mr. Brick. Tinco also invited Antoine Oudshoorn (1833-1906), who played with the orchestra of Monte Carlo and was the solo violoncellist of Willem III, King of The Netherlands. One evening, Tinco joined pianist Charles Dupart for a demonstration of piano four hands.
During his travels through the Middle East, Tinco was a welcome guests at parties organised by local notables and foreign diplomats. He played the piano at the residence of Charles Alison, the British minister plenipotentiary at Tehran. During his stay in the Persian capital, he also befriended Mr. Rouillon, the French director of music at the service of Naser al-Din, the shah of Persia.
Interestingly, Tinco Lycklama also wrote music. We have been able to trace two compositions of him – “Les Gardes de Persepolis” (a march) and “Les Filles de Babylone” (a waltz). They were published in 1874, by the Belgian Jean-Baptiste Katto (1819-1898 – see IMSLP Petrucci Music Library…), whose had music publishing house in Brussels and Paris.
We have now obtained these works. It is more than likely that these compositions haven’t been performed since Tinco died in 1900. We will have musicians have a look at it. Both pieces are written for four hands piano. We hope to be able and share this music soon (and, fingers crossed that it’s any good!).