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Simeon Ten Holt

Composer of Classical

Composer Simeon ten Holt was born in Bergen (in the Dutch province of North Holland) on January 24, 1923, as the son of painter Henri F. ten Holt (1884). Passed away on November 25, 2012 in Alkmaar. He studied piano and theory with the Bergen composer Jacob Van Domselear (1890 - 1960). In 1949 Ten Holt moved to France, taking lessons from Honneger and Milhaud @ the Ecole Normale in Paris. In 1954 Ten Holt returned to Bergen, where he lived in a converted WW II bunker. It is here that he writes the important piano composition Bagatellen (1954). In reaction to the tonal influence of his teacher Van Domselaer Ten Holt develops his own method to come to terms with the concepts of tonality and atonality. He calls it the diagonal idea, the simultaneous use of complementary keys in a tritone relation-ship. This results in the compositions Diagonaalsuite (1957), Diagonaalsonate (1959) and Diagonaalmuziek (1956-1958). In 1968 he founds the Werkgroep Bergen Hedendaagse Muziek [Working Group Contemporary Music Bergen] which still exists. For this working group he organizes concerts solely devoted to contemporary music, initially at the Arts Centre in Bergen, later at the Ruïnekerk [ruin Church]. Ten Holt is also active as a pianist, performing his own works. Ten Holt taught contemporary music at the Academy for the Visual Arts in Arnhem from 1970-1987. Here he experimented with group improvisations that, in latter years, led to performances at Arnhem Festivals. (A form of total theatre in which the students under his charge were responsible for music, choreography and dramaturgy.) A breakthrough is the performance of ..A/.TA-LON by the Asko Ensemble at the 1978 Holland Festival. In 1979 his composition Canto ostinato (1976-1979) for four keyboards is premiered. In 1985 this work is performed at the Gala of Dutch Music at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, giving Ten Holt national exposure. During the eighties Ten Holt's music is frequently performed, not only in concert halls, but often in a wide variety of places, such as the concourses of railway stations, parks and squares. Ten Holt's considerable oeuvre can be divided into periods.

  • Classical
  • Electronic

Title Artist Year Type
Canto OstinatoSimeon Ten Holt - Alexei Lubimov – Alexander Melnikov – Slava Poprugin – Alexei Zuev2018Album
Canto OstinatoTomoko Mukaiyama, Simeon Ten Holt2015Album
Incantatie IV For Three PianosSimeon Ten Holt - Jeroen van Veen, Sandra Van Veen, Tamara Rumiantsev2014Album
Canto Ostinato For Solo PianoJeroen van Veen - Simeon Ten Holt2014Album
Canto Ostinato XLSimeon Ten Holt - Jeroen van Veen2014Album
Neither Shadow Nor Prey (Schaduw Noch Prooi) / Hymn To A Great CitySimeon Ten Holt / Arvo Pärt, Fred Oldenburg & Jeroen van Veen2013Album
Solo Piano Music Volumes I-VSimeon Ten Holt / Jeroen van Veen2013Album
Canto OstinatoSimeon Ten Holt, Toon Hagen2013Album
Canto Ostinato Audio VisualSimeon Ten Holt / InnerAct2013Album
HorizonSimeon Ten Holt - Rondane Kwartet2011Album
Canto Ostinato For KeyboardsPiano Duo Sandra & Jeroen Van Veen, Simeon Ten Holt2010Album
Canto OstinatoSimeon Ten Holt, Ivo Janssen2009Album
Canto OstinatoSimeon Ten Holt / Assia Cunego2009Album
Canto OstinatoSimeon Ten Holt - Piano Duo Sandra & Jeroen Van Veen2008Album
Canto OstinatoSimeon Ten Holt2007Album
Canto OstinatoSimeon Ten Holt2007Album
Complete Multiple Piano WorksSimeon Ten Holt, Piano Ensemble, Irene Russo, Fred Oldenburg, Jeroen van Veen2006Album
Natalon In E & 20 BagatellenSimeon Ten Holt2005Album
HighlightsSimeon Ten Holt2003Compil.
HighlightsSimeon Ten Holt2003Compil.
Soloduiveldans 2 & 4Simeon Ten Holt / Ivo Janssen2001Album
Natalon In E / FandangoTamara Rumiantsev Plays Simeon Ten Holt & Padre Antonio Soler2001Album
Méandres "Live In Vredenburg"Simeon Ten Holt1999Album
Solo Devil Dance III / Eadem Sed AliterSimeon Ten Holt, Kees Wieringa1999Album
Soloduiveldans Nr. II / Nr. IIISimeon Ten Holt - Polo De Haas1999Album
PalimpsestSimeon Ten Holt, Doelen Ensemble1999Album
Ten Holt: Incantatie IVJeroen van Veen, Sandra Van Veen, Tamara Rumiantsev, Simeon Ten Holt1998Album
Canto OstinatoSimeon Ten Holt / Kees Wieringa / Polo De Haas1996Album
Incantatie IVSimeon Ten Holt1993Album
Lemniscaat 19821983Simeon Ten Holt, Kees Wieringa, Ellen Dijkhuizen, John Brink, Anita Van Groningen à Stuling1992Album
Natalon In E/ Cyclus Aan De WaanzinSimeon Ten Holt, Kees Wieringa1992Album
Soloduiveldans No.2Simeon Ten Holt, Kees Wieringa1992Album
Natalon In E/ Cyclus Aan De WaanzinSimeon Ten Holt, Kees Wieringa1991Album
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