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City Pierrot Ensemble: Simeon ten Holt's 'Canto Ostinato'




The City Pierrot Ensemble performs Canto Ostinato (1976) by Simeon ten Holt (1923-2012), an austere, melancholy and beautiful work which marked a major shift in the composer’s style, following two decades of composition of serial and electronic music and works of music-theatre. Constructed from a series of tonal cells for free repetition by a group of unspecified instruments, with consistent figurations, this is a work of both alluring and uncompromising minimal music, which has roots in classic works such as Terry Riley’s In C.

This concert coincides with the two-day conference, Again & Again: Musical Repetition in Aesthetics, Analysis and Experience, which City, University of London is hosting 25-26 April 2019. Two papers on aspects of Canto Ostinato will be presented during the course of the conference, by Keith Potter (Goldsmiths, University of London) and Stacey Low (University of Melbourne).

Please note, the concert is open to the public and free to attend; registration for the conference is seperate. For details of conference fees, calls for papers and the full programme, please visit the dedicated website:


Simeon ten Holt, Canto Ostinato (1976)

City Pierrot Ensemble:

Ian Pace, piano
Aleksander Szram, piano
Catherine Ring, marimba
Francisco Domingo Negreiros, marimba

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7.15pm - 9.00pmThursday 25th April 2019

Performance Space College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom

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