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Simeon ten Holt

Gerard Bouwhuis / Cees van Zeeland / Gene Carl / Arielle Vernède

Canto Ostinato

  • Type CD
  • Label Composers Voice
  • UPC 0656345902341
  • Catalog number CVCD 234
  • Release date 07 October 2014
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About the album

Canto Ostinato (Obstinate Song) is a musical composition written by the Dutch composer Simeon ten Holt (1923-2012). The piece was completed in 1976 and performed for the first time in 1979, and is by far his most popular and most performed work. Moreover, it may well be the best-loved Dutch classical music piece ever. 

Simeon ten Holt’s unmistakable minimalist style is the driving force behind his Canto Ostinato. It has mesmerising melodies which never fail to soothe the mind. 

The instruments and number of performers for the piece are unspecified: written ‘for keyboard instruments’, the work has been recorded many times on piano(s), but has also been performed on organ, marimba, harp and synthesizer. 

If this will be your first time listening, we recommend you start at track 11 'Section 74 theme'. This is the main theme of which variations can be heard across many parts of the work. 

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