Dutch composer Simeon ten Holt (1923 - 2012)

The Dutch minimalist composer Simeon ten Holt has died in Alkmaar at the age of 89. Born in Bergen in 1923, Ten Holt was best known for the epic piano work Canto ostinato (see video above) which he completed in 1976 after three years of work. One of the most famous works of contemporary Dutch music, the Canto – which can last up to two hours – is characterised by its fast pace and repetitive melody. It was first performed in the Ruinekerk in Alkmaar in 1979 using three pianos and an electric organ, but has also been played by solo pianist. The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam had planned a performance of the Canto on 23 January 2013 to mark the composer’s 90th birthday.

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