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Composer: ten Holt, Simeon (1923-2012)

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Year of birth1923
Year of death2012
NationalityNetherlands
Period20th century
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Canto Ostinato
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AmsterdamCanto ostinato

Canto ostinato
ten Holt: Canto Ostinato
Jeroen van Veen; Sandra van Veen; Alexei Lubimov; Slava Poprugin
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Grand Band memorialize Simeon ten Holt at (Le) Poisson Rouge

Simeon ten Holt  ©  Friso Keuris
Dutch composer Simeon ten Holt passed away last November, and groups all over have been honoring his memory by performing what is perhaps his most well known composition, Canto Ostinato.
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Mesmerizing Canto Ostinato at the Concertgebouw

Polo de Haas and Kees Wieringa  ©  Victor Nieuwenhuijs
Simeon ten Holt’s Canto Ostinato is an extraordinary piece of music. It leaves a lot of room for interpretation – the musicians decide what sections they play, and how long they spend playing each section. The sections contain repeat signs, but the musicians decide how often to repeat. As such, every performance is different and you never know exactly what to expect.
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