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FRANK HORVAT - Composer · Pianist · Songwriter · Recording Artist · Arranger · Producer

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  1. Empathy, Compassion, and Finding Happiness in Our Troubled World Frank Horvat more... 03:27
  2. Music for Self-Isolation - Cello Amahl Arulanandam (cello) more... 01:47
  3. Life for Mars Frank Horvat (piano) more... 05:28
  4. A Little Loopy Sharlene Wallace (harp) more... 09:54
  5. I Wait For You Edwin Huizinga (violin), Erika Nielsen (cello), Gregory Millar (piano) more... 03:44
  6. The Thailand HRDs, mvt. 23 Mivos Quartet more...
  7. Diverging Crossroads Frank Horvat (piano) more... 08:32
  8. Bliss Laura Swankey (vocals), Frank Horvat (piano) more... 10:10
  9. Whistleblower Jamie Thompson (flute), Erika Nielsen (cello), Daniel Morphy (marimba), Frank Horvat (electric piano) more... 09:55
  10. Return to East Aleppo Frank Horvat (piano) more... 05:09
  11. Memories of a Place Past – St. Joe’s Trio Dell'aria more... 14:05
  12. fishworshipper The Frank Horvat Band more... 03:06
  13. Starsky & Hutch Frank Horvat (piano) more... 03:36
  14. The Hurting Game The Frank Horvat Band more... 01:35
  15. The Week After Frank Horvat (piano) more... 10:06
  16. The Man, the Snake and the Fox, movt. 5 Ron Korb (flute), Ralitsa Tcholakova (violin), Benjamin Smith (piano) more... 01:54
  17. The Dignity Song Romy Mounzer (vocals), Frank Horvat (piano) more... 04:39

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  • Lorna's Metamorphosis by Frank Horvat (photo by Ian Parker)

    Latest Compositions

    Lorna’s Metamorphosis
    2020 – for vibraphone, 2 marimbists, piano, timpani & fixed electronics – 10:30 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Vibraphone Part (pdf) Marimba 1 Part (pdf) Marimba 2 Part (pdf) Piano (pdf) Timpani (pdf) [please contact me for the fixed electronics sound file] Programme Notes Lorna Livey is a visual artist, master printmaker, and author. We first […]
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  • Positivity by Frank Horvat (Photo by Devin Avery on Unsplash)

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    Positivity
    2019 – for violin & marimba – 60:00 [please contact me for score and parts] Programme Notes Composing this piece is part of an on-going mission for me, both creatively and personally, to simply be happy and positive. For a person like me who battles depression, that can be a challenging task. But these days, […]
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  • PANDEMIC STORIES by Frank Horvat

    Latest Compositions

    Music for Self-Isolation: Stories
    Please visit the Music for Self-Isolation website.
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  • Unity in Distress by Frank Horvat (photo by Jr Korpa on Unsplash)

    Latest Compositions

    Unity in Distress
    2020 – for string quartet – 2:00 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Violin 1 Part (pdf) Violin 2 Part (pdf) Viola Part (pdf) Cello Part (pdf) Programme Notes I composed this piece in the Spring of 2020 when much of the world was at the apex of a shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is […]
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  • I Am Not Alone by Frank Horvat

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    I Am Not Alone
    2020 – 5-part student violin ensemble – 2:00 Sheet Music Score (PDF) PURCHASE PARTS Violin 1 Part (PDF) Violin 2 Part (PDF) Violin 3 Part (PDF) Violin 4 Part (PDF) Violin 5 Part (PDF) Programme Notes I composed this piece at home in the Spring of 2020. I, like most of the world, was in […]
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  • Pedalling to Ecuador (Photo by Maxi Corrado on Unsplash)

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    Pedal Music
    2020 (5-movement suite for various instruments) Performing Forces & Duration Frame (20min) Based on the opening theme of Handel’s Water Music – Suite No. 1, 1. Overture String Quintet and Marimba Score (Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola 1, Viola 2, Cello, 4-octave Marimba) (Alternate arrangement for String Quartet and Marimba also available.) Rim (20min) Based […]
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  • Music for Self-Isolation by Frank Horvat

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    Music for Self-Isolation
    2020 – suite of solos and duos for various instruments and voice – 2:00 minutes each As a composer, I was feeling helpless at home during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, I realized I could at least provide my musical friends with new compositions while they were spending time in self-isolation. So […]
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  • Earth Hour 2 composed by Frank Horvat (photo by Daniel Olah)

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    Earth Hour 2
    2019 – piano & optional fixed electronics at end of piece – 60:00 Sheet Music Score (pdf) [please contact me for the fixed electronics sound file] Recording Album: A Little Dark Music 2 Date: March 27, 2020 Musician(s): Frank Horvat Producer: Frank Horvat Location: Canterbury Music, Toronto Label: I Am Who I Am Programme Notes […]
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  • I Love You by Frank Horvat (Photo by Ali Yahya on Unsplash)

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    I Love You
    2019 – for 16 pre-recorded voices – 11:50   Programme Notes I invited members of the public to submit an audio clip of themselves saying or singing, ‘I Love You’. I got such a wide array of material – poignant timbres in peoples’ spoken voices, passionate singing, farcical delivery and everything in between. I took […]
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  • 7 Pianos by Frank Horvat (Photo by Fabian-Bachli on Unsplash)

    Latest Compositions

    7 Pianos
    2018 – for 7 pianos – 14:30 Sheet Music Piano 1 (pdf) Piano 2 (pdf) Piano 3 (pdf) Piano 4 (pdf) Piano 5 (pdf) Piano 6 (pdf) Piano 7 (pdf) Recording Album: What Goes Around Date: October 25, 2019 Musician(s): Frank Horvat Producer: Frank Horvat and Jean Martin Location: Canterbury Music Co., Toronto Label: Centrediscs […]
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  • What Goes Around album by Frank Horvat

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    Sunken Carousel
    2012 – for Celtic harp, 2 marimbas, piano, double bass – 10:30 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Harp & Marimba 1 Part (pdf) Marimba 2 Part (pdf) Piano Part (pdf) Double Bass Part (pdf)   Recording Album: What Goes Around Date: October 25, 2019 Musician(s): Sharlene Wallace, Michael Davidson, Frank Horvat, Joseph Phillips Producer: Frank Horvat […]
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  • A Little Loopy by Frank Horvat

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    A Little Loopy
    2014 – for 4 harps – 10:00   Recording Album: What Goes Around Date: October 25, 2019 Musician(s): Sharlene Wallace Producer: Frank Horvat and Jean Martin Location: THE FARM, Toronto Label: Centrediscs Programme Notes The phrase ‘a little loopy’ often implies something eccentric, crazy or confusing. This is not the case with this composition. This […]
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  • To My Mother by Frank Horvat (Photo by Jon Flobrant on Unsplash)

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    To My Mother
    2019 – clarinet in A & piano – 7:50 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Clarinet Part (pdf) Programme Notes Inspired by the poem… To My Mother Christina Rossetti – 1830-1894 To-day’s your natal day; Sweet flowers I bring: Mother, accept, I pray My offering. And may you happy live, And long us bless; Receiving as you […]
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  • Fake News by Frank Horvat (Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash)

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    Fake News
    2018 – cello & piano – 6:45 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Programme Notes When I was a kid, sometimes I couldn’t help myself but flatulate when in public. The best way to deflect attention from the fact that I had just emitted gaseous matter from my body was to scream, “ooh, who farted???”, as loud […]
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  • Life Span by Frank Horvat (Photo by Marcus Castro on Unsplash)

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    Life Span
    2018 – string quartet – 10:10 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Programme Notes At the time I composed these programme notes for this composition, I had been a living human being on this planet for 44 years, 5 months and 14 days. According to one of those online life expectancy calendars, I can expect to live […]
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  • Oblivion by Frank Horvat (Photo by Amy Shamblen on Unsplash)

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    Oblivion
    2018 – string quartet – 8:20 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Programme Notes Oh, how “delightful” to go through life completely oblivious to the world around you. Oblivious to the abuses against our air and water, against the fundamental rights for all humans, against love and compassion. No, you live in this mindless bubble where you […]
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  • For Those Who Died Trying (photo by Luke Duggleby / Protection International)

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    The Thailand HRDs
    2016-17 – for string quartet – 70:00 (35-movements, each movement is 2 minutes) Commissioned by Protection International   Recipient of the 2017 Kathleen McMorrow Music Award Happening NOW: #music4HRDs Sheet Music Score (pdf) “It is impossible to escape Frank Horvat’s mystical hypothesis that music is somehow part of all human DNA…a testament to the genius of […]
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  • You Haven't Been - composed & performed by Frank Horvat

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    An Understated Resolve
    2014 – solo piano – 3:42 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording Album: You Haven’t Been Buy Piece: iTunes Date: September 20, 2017 Location: Canterbury Studios, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat   Programme Notes This composition is dedicated to a friend who always shows grace, wisdom and an understated resolve – a special […]
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  • Piano Piece No. 5 by Frank Horvat

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    Piano Piece No. 5
    2015 – for two-piano duet – 9:00 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Piano Piece No. 5 (Frank Horvat) from Millar Piano Duo on Vimeo. Performances World Premiere: November 20, 2017, University of New Hampshire Millar Piano Duo Programme Notes Unlike many of my compositions, this piece is not programmatic, as is evident by the nondescript title. […]
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  • Love in 6 Stages - composed by Frank Horvat

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    Void
    2016-17 – for female voice and piano – 10:00 Music by Frank Horvat Words by Frank Horvat & Lisa Horvat Recording Album: Love in 6 Stages Buy Song: iTunes Date: September 21, 2017 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Laura Swankey (vocals), Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat and Jean Martin   Programme Notes I composed […]
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  • Love in 6 Stages - composed by Frank Horvat

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    End
    2016-17 – for piano – 10:00 Music by Frank Horvat Recording Album: Love in 6 Stages Buy Song: iTunes Date: September 21, 2017 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat and Jean Martin   Programme Notes I composed End to be the fifth piece on my concept album, Love in 6 […]
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  • Love in 6 Stages - composed by Frank Horvat

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    Fight
    2016-17 – for female voice and piano – 10:00 Music by Frank Horvat Words by Frank Horvat & Lisa Horvat Recording Album: Love in 6 Stages Buy Song: iTunes Date: September 21, 2017 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Laura Swankey (vocals), Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat and Jean Martin   Programme Notes I composed […]
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  • Love in 6 Stages - composed by Frank Horvat

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    Bliss
    2016-17 – for female voice and piano – 10:00 Music by Frank Horvat Words by Frank Horvat & Lisa Horvat Recording Album: Love in 6 Stages Buy Song: iTunes Date: September 21, 2017 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Laura Swankey (vocals), Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat and Jean Martin   Programme Notes I composed […]
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  • Lust by Frank Horvat featuring Laura Swankey (Love in 6 Stages)

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    Lust
    2016-17 – for female voice and piano – 10:00 Music by Frank Horvat Words by Frank Horvat & Lisa Horvat Recording Album: Love in 6 Stages Buy Song: iTunes Date: September 21, 2017 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Laura Swankey (vocals), Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat and Jean Martin   Programme Notes I composed […]
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  • Love in 6 Stages - composed by Frank Horvat

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    Gaze
    2016-17 – for female voice and piano – 10:00 Music by Frank Horvat Words by Frank Horvat & Lisa Horvat Recording Album: Love in 6 Stages Buy Song: iTunes Date: September 21, 2017 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Laura Swankey (vocals), Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat and Jean Martin   Programme Notes I composed […]
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  • Music for Self-Isolation

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    Music for Self-Isolation
    Recorded at Toronto's iconic (and empty) Roy Thomson Hall, in the three days before another COVID-19 lockdown in January 2021. This album is a culmination of a project that has been evolving over a year in collaboration with musicians around the world.
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    "It takes a special skill to be able to create a whole atmosphere in a work that is just 2 minutes long."
    – BBC Radio 3
  • Happiness in a Troubled World album

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    Happiness in a Troubled World
    From this surprise release of new music courtesy of award-winning Canadian composer, Frank Horvat, comes the soothing and meditative sounds of Happiness in a Troubled World.
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    "Frank Horvat's minimalism is attractive, bright-coloured…Also surprising."
    – WholeNote Magazine
  • A Little Dark Music 2 album

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    A Little Dark Music vol. 2
    Composer and pianist Frank Horvat returns a decade later with a follow-up album to his original instru- mental ode to the planet. A Little Dark Music 2 is introspective and powerful, a very personal reaction to the current state of our planet ten years on. Angry yet full of hope and beauty.
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    "…it’s an important piece of musical art that needs to be heard"
    – MainlyPiano.com
  • What Goes Around

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    What Goes Around
    Centrediscs is proud to present, What Goes Around, a minimalist chamber album by Canadian composer Frank Horvat, featuring Beverley Johnston, Peter Stoll and Sharlene Wallace.
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  • For Those Who Died Trying

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    For Those Who Died Trying
    World-renowned Mivos Quartet records these 35 movements inspired by a photo essay by photographer, Luke Duggleby
    Video: Juilliard String Quartet
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    "Performed with intensity and poise by the Mivos Quartet...the resulting [musical] tributes are poignant."
    – BBC Music Magazine
  • Love in 6 Stages

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    Love in 6 Stages
    From Gaze to Lust to Bliss and on in a downward spiral, Love in 6 Stages takes you through the journey of an ill-fated relationship using the simplicity of voice and piano.
    Video: Lust
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    "A work where minimalism meets art song and where the two milieus collide in the visceral physicality and psychology of love...the six aspects of love turn into something superbly aerodynamic."
    – WholeNote Magazine
  • You Haven't Been

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    You Haven't Been
    A follow-up response to Horvat’s first solo piano album a decade earlier (I’ll Be Good), You Haven’t Been takes on a beautiful and captivating tone. Introspective, full of hope and despair, the music looks at this storytelling pianist’s own struggles with mental health.
    Video: Diverging Crossroads
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    "...so deeply personal that listening to the music requires an intrusive mindset…recording the events of this long and difficult expedition in deeply personal and profoundly beautiful music."
    – WholeNote Magazine
  • The Current Agenda

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    The Current Agenda
    Social justice music of today, in a powerful, brutal and heartfelt electro-chamber package.
    Video: 08/14/13 - Cairo
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    "Horvat focuses his outward vision and glares at the world in all its nakedness. What he sees results in music filled with anger, a mesmeric and hypnotic visual account of a world gone mad."
    – WholeNote Magazine
  • Me to We

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    Me to We
    An utterly emotional exploration of the potency of love. The music will wrench your heart apart and then piece it back together again.
    Video: I Wait For You
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    "...warm sounds that evoke healing, through music that is mysterious and exotic as well as long limbed and almost aria like without the vocals." – WholeNote Magazine
  • Strange Machine

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    Strange Machine
    This album is indie rock with a splash of art. Crafted like a playlist, try listening to the whole album to see its effect. Pure energy that comes straight out of your speakers directly into your heart and soul. Video: Strange Machine
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    "These songs will grant one rare access to peer into the soul of a quintessential artist and tormented soul that none of us can get enough of." – Indie Music Review
  • I Can See You

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    I Can See You
    A little indie and a little art rock... Pop, poetry and modern expression in a beautifully pained existence. Video: Inspired by the One I Love
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    "The soundscapes are interesting, infectious, and hypnotic…"
  • A LIttle Dark Music

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    A Little Dark Music
    An ambient yet powerful collection of compositions featuring four introspective tracks exploring real-world themes. Video: Earth Hour
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    "Earth Hour really should be heard as one continuous piece, a journey... Highly recommended."
    - WholeNote Magazine
  • I'll Be Good

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    I'll Be Good
    An aggressive and virtuosic collection of original solo piano compositions. These pieces without words tell deeply personal stories. Video: Like Franz Liszt and Metallica in a cage match!
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    "Wildly original, often chaotic, eclectic as all get-out, and quite a ride."
  • Good Friday Isolation

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    Today’s Outlook
    I look out the window and everything is quiet. Toronto remains in lockdown but it’s also a holiday…Good Friday. It’s also 1 week before the new album comes out. Something that started as a reaction to the pandemic and it’s become one of my most special musical and life experiences. Normally, such an experience would […]
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  • What Goes Around Film Fest

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    What Goes Around Film Fest
    When my album of minimalist / loop-oriented music, What Goes Around, came out in October 2019, on the Centrediscs label, I had a vision that it would be a wonderful experience to have filmmakers and video artists interpret the “loopy” nature of the music through moving visuals. So I commissioned 6 Canadian artists to do […]
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  • Last 5 Books

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    Last 5 Books I’ve Read
    The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason It’s basically a self-help book on managing your personal finances but the messaging is told through a variety of short parables set in ancient Babylon. The book was written in the 1920s so its tone seems a bit not up to par for what would be […]
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  • Am I Good Enough? (photo by Hello I'm Nik 🎞 on Unsplash)

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    I Am (Not Good) Enough
    When I’m feeling depressed, the words “I Am Not Good Enough” can easily roll through my mind. As a musician and composer, it’s easy to feel that way when someone says no to you or you get a rejection letter. What’s interesting about the phrase, “I Am Not Good Enough”, is that if you remove […]
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  • Happy

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    How to be Happy in a Troubled World
    It’s been a month since I released my latest album, Happiness in a Troubled World. And while I have been appreciative of the positive and heartfelt feedback the album has received, having it “out there” has gotten me to think more deeply about specific practical things I’m doing to stay happy in these troubling times. […]
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  • Happiness in a Troubled World album by Frank Horvat

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    Me and The Dalai Lama
    Lately, I have been reading and re-reading The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World, by His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, MD. I have never had the opportunity to meet his Holiness but after reading this book and him sharing his wisdom on life, I feel like I have. If you’ve […]
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  • Empathy (Photo by Aarón Blanco Tejedor on Unsplash)

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    Empathy, Compassion, and Finding Happiness in Our Troubled World
    I finished reading the book, The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World, by His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, MD. In the 15th and final chapter, The Dalai Lama says… “Empathy is one of the most wonderful human qualities. Because when you are deeply aware of the fundamental truth of our […]
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  • Music for Self-Isolation album recording at Roy Thomson Hall

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    Preparations Behind Something Big
    My wife/manager, Lisa, and I have had a pretty constant routine these past bunch of years as we roll through different creative music projects. And we’ve been very lucky to have worked on a number of large projects in that time. But this latest one seems extra special! From January 11-13, 2021, we will be […]
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  • We like you (Photo by Adam Jang on Unsplash)

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    Finding Our Common Humanity
    I’m currently reading the book, The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World, by His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, MD. In Chapter 14, The Dalai Lama says… “If we appreciate our social nature and the need to work cooperatively with each other, naturally we will pay attention to others’ welfare. This […]
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  • 2021 (Photo by Jude Beck on Unsplash)

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    Hopes and Dreams for 2021
    Happy New Year! Here are my hopes and dreams for this coming year… Despite the threat of COVID, the flu or any other disease, everyone will get a chance to make themselves as healthy as possible so their body can fight off any pesky intruders that come their way. Everyone get’s a chance to feel […]
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  • I'll be home for Christmas. If only in my dreams. (Photo by Chad Madden on Unsplash)

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    “I’ll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams.”
    In 1943, Kim Gannon and Walter Kent composed one of my favourite songs, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”. One of my favourite lines in the song is, “Christmas Eve will find me, where the lovelight gleams. I’ll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams.” If only Gannon would have known how poignant their […]
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  • Building a New World (Photo by Dewang Gupta on Unsplash)

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    Positive Emotions and Building a New World
    I’m currently reading the book, The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World, by His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, MD. In Chapter 13, The Dalai Lama says… “This tendency to relate to each other on the basis of what differentiates us is so prevalent in today’s society. It’s given great importance […]
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  • News (Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash)

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    My News Sources
    In this day and age where the media’s integrity seems to be constantly questioned, I make it a point of ensuring that I regularly visit as many news sites as I can to ensure that I’m getting diverse points of views and frames of interpretation of what’s happening in the world. This includes local sources […]
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  • Trust (Photo by Joshua Hoehne on Unsplash)

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    Inner Happiness, Outer Happiness and Trust
    I’m currently reading the book, The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World, by His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, MD. In Chapter 12, The Dalai Lama says… “Trust can contribute to one’s happiness on an individual level. A feeling of mistrust can lead to a suspicious, fearful attitude, and more mental […]
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  • Small Business

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    Discrimination Against Small Business
    Toronto, the city I call home, is presently under a lockdown due to a rise in cases of COVID these past number of weeks. Now when I use the term “lockdown”, that does not mean people are not allowed to go anywhere or all businesses are closed. In fact, if you want to go to […]
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Reviews

  • Stuart DerdeynStuart Derdeyntheprovince.com

    ...put something together that really can be compared to Pink Floyd and the more out there aspects of Bjork... A must hear.

  • Raul da GamaRaul da Gamathewholenote.com

    Frank Horvat is one of the most inventive song writers to come out of the contemporary scene in Canada. ...duos appear to tear through the composer's innards not simply to discover his heart, but to gather its myriad pieces and bind them back together again. Horvat's work is exquisitely eventful and almost insidiously
    effective.

  • John TeraudsJohn Teraudsmusicaltoronto.org

    Toronto pianist [and composer] Frank Horvat likes to do things his way, not anyone else's. He ignores genre boundaries and isn’t afraid to mix politics with art.

  • ThomThom Ellisindie music review

    These songs will grant one rare access to peer into the soul of a quintessential artist and tormented soul that none of us can get enough of.

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