Simeon Ten Holt

Simeon Ten Holt

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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.
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Simeon Ten Holt Discography

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Simeon ten Holt Canto Ostinato Donemus Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
CVCD 5/6 Simeon ten Holt Horizon(2xCD) Composers' Voice CVCD 5/6 Netherlands 1988 Sell This Version
CLAR 336 Simeon Ten Holt, Kees Wieringa Simeon Ten Holt, Kees Wieringa - Natalon In E/ Cyclus Aan De Waanzin(LP) Clarison CLAR 336 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
53317-19 Simeon Ten Holt, Kees Wieringa, Ellen Dijkhuizen, John Brink, Anita Van Groningen à Stuling Simeon Ten Holt, Kees Wieringa, Ellen Dijkhuizen, John Brink, Anita Van Groningen à Stuling - Lemniscaat 1982|1983(3xCD, Album, Ltd) Clarison 53317-19 Netherlands 1992 Sell This Version
WVH 055 Simeon Ten Holt, Kees Wieringa Simeon Ten Holt, Kees Wieringa - Soloduiveldans No.2(CD) Wijnand Van Hooff Producties WVH 055 Netherlands 1992 Sell This Version
CDJD 13 SH Simeon Ten Holt, Kees Wieringa Simeon Ten Holt, Kees Wieringa - Natalon In E/ Cyclus Aan De Waanzin(CD, Album) Clarison, De Jongste Dag CDJD 13 SH Netherlands 1992 Sell This Version
CDJD 18 SH Simeon Ten Holt Incantatie IV(CD, Album) De Jongste Dag, Hummelinck Stuurman Theaterbureau CDJD 18 SH Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
Simeon Ten Holt / Kees Wieringa / Polo De Haas Simeon Ten Holt / Kees Wieringa / Polo De Haas - Canto Ostinato (Album) Emergo Classics Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
98003 Jeroen van Veen (2), Sandra Van Veen, Tamara Rumiantsev, Simeon Ten Holt Jeroen van Veen (2), Sandra Van Veen, Tamara Rumiantsev, Simeon Ten Holt - Ten Holt: Incantatie IV(2xCD, Album) Piano Productions (2) 98003 Netherlands 1998 Sell This Version
003 Simeon Ten Holt, Kees Wieringa Simeon Ten Holt, Kees Wieringa - Solo Devil Dance III / Eadem Sed Aliter(CD) Do Records (4) 003 Netherlands 1999 Sell This Version
92106 Simeon Ten Holt Méandres "Live In Vredenburg"(CD, DDD) NM Classics 92106 Netherlands 1999 Sell This Version
CV 85 Simeon Ten Holt, Doelen Ensemble Simeon Ten Holt, Doelen Ensemble - Palimpsest(CD, Album) Composers' Voice CV 85 Netherlands 1999 Sell This Version
EC 3902-2 Tamara Rumiantsev Plays Simeon Ten Holt & Antonio Soler* Tamara Rumiantsev Plays Simeon Ten Holt & Antonio Soler* - Natalon In E / Fandango(CD, Album) Emergo Classics EC 3902-2 Netherlands 2001 Sell This Version
VOID 9903 Simeon Ten Holt / Ivo Janssen (3) Simeon Ten Holt / Ivo Janssen (3) - Soloduiveldans 2 & 4(CD, Album) VOID Classics VOID 9903 Netherlands 2001 Sell This Version
VOID 9907 Simeon Ten Holt Natalon In E & 20 Bagatellen(CD, Album) VOID Classics VOID 9907 Netherlands 2005 Sell This Version
7795 Simeon Ten Holt, Piano Ensemble, Irene Russo, Fred Oldenburg, Sandra van Veen, Jeroen van Veen (2) Simeon Ten Holt, Piano Ensemble, Irene Russo, Fred Oldenburg, Sandra van Veen, Jeroen van Veen (2) - Complete Multiple Piano Works(11xCD, Album + Box) Brilliant Classics 7795 Netherlands 2006 Sell This Version
Simeon Ten Holt Canto Ostinato (Album) Contrapunctus Musicus Netherlands 2007 Sell This Version
Simeon Ten Holt Canto Ostinato (Album) Donemus Netherlands 1988 Sell This Version
Simeon Ten Holt - Sandra & Jeroen* Simeon Ten Holt - Sandra & Jeroen* - Canto Ostinato (Album) Zefir Records, Zefir Records Netherlands 2008 Sell This Version
VOID 9910 Simeon Ten Holt, Ivo Janssen (3) Simeon Ten Holt, Ivo Janssen (3) - Canto Ostinato(CD, Album) VOID Classics VOID 9910 Netherlands 2009 Sell This Version
KTC 1398 Simeon Ten Holt / Assia Cunego Simeon Ten Holt / Assia Cunego - Canto Ostinato(CD, Album) Etcetera (3) KTC 1398 Netherlands 2009 Sell This Version
C7947, PP 2010 Van Veen & Co.*, Simeon Ten Holt Van Veen & Co.*, Simeon Ten Holt - Canto Ostinato For Keyboards(CD) Piano Productions (2), Piano Productions (2) C7947, PP 2010 Netherlands 2010 Sell This Version
RK02 Simeon Ten Holt - Rondane Kwartet Simeon Ten Holt - Rondane Kwartet - Horizon(2xCD, Album) Rondane Kwartet RK02 Netherlands 2011 Sell This Version
9261 Simeon ten Holt, Piano Ensemble, Irene Russo, Fred Oldenburg, Sandra van Veen, Jeroen van Veen (2) Simeon ten Holt, Piano Ensemble, Irene Russo, Fred Oldenburg, Sandra van Veen, Jeroen van Veen (2) - Canto Ostinato(2xCD, Album, RE) Brilliant Classics 9261 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
9434 Simeon Ten Holt / Jeroen van Veen (2) Simeon Ten Holt / Jeroen van Veen (2) - Solo Piano Music Volumes I-V(5xCD, Album + Box) Brilliant Classics 9434 Netherlands 2013 Sell This Version