Simeon Ten Holt

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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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Albums

9434 Simeon Ten Holt - Solo Piano Music Volumes I-V album art 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
Q13003 Simeon Ten Holt - Canto Ostinato album art Simeon Ten Holt, Toon Hagen Simeon Ten Holt, Toon Hagen - Canto Ostinato(CD, Album, Dig) Quintone Q13003 Netherlands 2013 Sell This Version
C8A1301 Simeon Ten Holt - Canto Ostinato album art Simeon Ten Holt / Cello8ctet Amsterdam* Simeon Ten Holt / Cello8ctet Amsterdam* - Canto Ostinato(CD, Album, Dig) Not On Label C8A1301 Netherlands 2013 Sell This Version
8 715440002744 Simeon Ten Holt - Neither Shadow Nor Prey (Schaduw Noch Prooi) / Hymn To A Great City  album art Simeon Ten Holt / Arvo Pärt, Fred Oldenburg & Jeroen van Veen (2) Simeon Ten Holt / Arvo Pärt, Fred Oldenburg & Jeroen van Veen (2) - Neither Shadow Nor Prey (Schaduw Noch Prooi) / Hymn To A Great City (CD, Album) Van Veen Productions 8 715440002744 Netherlands 2013 Sell This Version
94918 Simeon Ten Holt - Incantatie IV For Three Pianos album art Ten Holt* - Jeroen van Veen (2), Sandra Van Veen, Tamara Rumiantsev Ten Holt* - Jeroen van Veen (2), Sandra Van Veen, Tamara Rumiantsev - Incantatie IV For Three Pianos(2xCD, Album) Brilliant Classics 94918 Netherlands 2014 Sell This Version
90001 Simeon Ten Holt - Canto Ostinato For Solo Piano  album art Jeroen van Veen (2) - Simeon Ten Holt Jeroen van Veen (2) - Simeon Ten Holt - Canto Ostinato For Solo Piano (2xLP, Album, Gat) Brilliant Classics 90001 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
9453 Simeon Ten Holt - Canto Ostinato XL album art Simeon Ten Holt - Jeroen van Veen & Friends* Simeon Ten Holt - Jeroen van Veen & Friends* - Canto Ostinato XL(12xCD + Box) Brilliant Classics 9453 Netherlands 2014 Sell This Version
TMF 0004 Simeon Ten Holt - Canto Ostinato album art Tomoko Mukaiyama, Simeon Ten Holt Tomoko Mukaiyama, Simeon Ten Holt - Canto Ostinato(CD, Album) Tomoko Mukaiyama Foundation TMF 0004 Netherlands 2015 Sell This Version
none Simeon Ten Holt - Canto Ostinato album art Simeon Ten Holt - Lubimov*Melnikov*Poprugin*Zuev* Simeon Ten Holt - Lubimov*Melnikov*Poprugin*Zuev* - Canto Ostinato(2xCD, Album) Steingraeber & Söhne none Germany 2018 Sell This Version
PDH 250901 Simeon Ten Holt - Soloduiveldans Nr. II / Nr. III album art Simeon Ten Holt - Polo De Haas Simeon Ten Holt - Polo De Haas - Soloduiveldans Nr. II / Nr. III(CD) Clavicenter PDH 250901 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

CV Special 145 Simeon Ten Holt - Highlights album art Simeon Ten Holt Highlights(11xCD, Comp + DVD-V, PAL) Composers' Voice CV Special 145 Netherlands 2003 Sell This Version
CV Special 137 Simeon Ten Holt - Highlights album art Simeon Ten Holt Highlights(11xCD, Comp, Ltd) Composers' Voice CV Special 137 Netherlands 2003 Sell This Version