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SIMEON TEN HOLT

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Simeon ten Holt

Period

24-01-1923 - 25-11-2012

Genre

componist, contemporary classical music, electronic mucic and computer music, minimal music, twelve-tone technique and serialism

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Simeon ten Holt

Simeon ten Holt’s oeuvre could be summarized as a quest for individual identity, passing through different styles and techniques and culminating in his magnum opus 'Canto Ostinato' (1979). Everything he composed after this could be regarded as a personal approach to minimal music, conceived principally from the piano and in ...
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1920   Jakob van Domselaer
1922   Nico Schuyt
1978   Quink
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Biography Simeon ten Holt

Simeon ten Holt’s oeuvre could be summarized as a quest for individual identity, passing through different styles and techniques and culminating in his magnum opus 'Canto Ostinato' (1979). Everything he composed after this could be regarded as a personal approach to minimal music, conceived principally from the piano and in which the musicians may themselves make decisions about the duration and to a certain degree the course of the music.

1949 - 1953

Simeon ten Holt (born January 24, 1923, Bergen), studies the piano and music theory in his birthplace with the composer Jacob van Domselaer and then goes to Paris, where he studies with Arthur Honegger and Darius Milhaud at the Ecole Normale.

Jakob van Domselaer

1954 - 1960

Ten Holt returns to Bergen and develops a diagonal technique based on complementary keys and tritone relationships. This leads to such compositions as 'Diagonaalmuziek' (1958), for strings, and 'Diagonaalsonate' (1959), for piano.

1961 - 1968

Ten Holt turns to serial music and composes such works as 'Cyclus aan de waanzin' (1962), for piano solo, and '..A/.TA-LON' (1968) for mezzo-soprano and 36 playing and speaking instrumentalists.

1968

Simeon ten Holt begins the Werkgroep Bergen Hedendaagse Muziek [Bergen Contemporary Music Workgroup], which organizes concerts in the Rustende Jager café and later in Bergen’s Ruins Church.

1969 - 1975

Ten Holt works at the Institute for Sonology in Utrecht, where he makes a number of electronic compositions.

1970 - 1987

Simeon ten Holt teaches contemporary music at the Art Academy in Arnhem.

1979

'Canto Ostinato' (1976-1979), for four keyboard instruments, is premiered by Gerard Bouwhuis, Cees van Zeeland, Gene Carl and Arielle Vernède. The work is the fruit of lengthy contemplation. Ten Holt: “I gradually came to the realization that tonality is the adequate form for giving expression to an inner world. But I strove for a form of it that is other than what we already knew. [...] I do employ traditional harmony, but I transform the elements of tension and relaxation that are so crucial to it into independent musical objects.”

Arielle Vernède Cees van Zeeland Gene Carl Gerard Bouwhuis

1984

'Canto Ostinato' is released on LP (and later CD) and becomes the best-selling album ever of music by a Dutch composer.

2000

Simeon ten Holt stops composing.

2009

Simeon ten Holt publishes his memoires 'Het woud en de citadel' [The Forest and the Citadel].

2012

Simeon ten Holt dies on November 25, in Alkmaar.

Discography Simeon ten Holt

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