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

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  • 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..
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  • 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.
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  • 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."
  • A LIttle Dark Music

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    A Little Dark Music
    Featuring four introspective tracks with an ambient tone, this collection of original piano compositions explore real world themes like the environment, poverty and Sept 11. Includes Earth Hour, a 60-minute continuous composition inspired by and best experienced in the dark.
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  • The Dignity Song

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    The Dignity Song
    This deeply melancholic yet powerful pop ballad brings a voice to the invisible pain of loss, isolation and loneliness that exist as we age.
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  • Return to East Aleppo

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    Return to East Aleppo
    2017 – piano & electronics – 5:12 Recording Album: Never Again Is Now (coming 2017) Artists: The Aleppo Music Project Programme Notes On January 18, 2017, I read an article on BBC News’ web site by journalist, Jeremy Brown, who provided a detailed first-hand account of the return of 40,000 displaced people to their homes […]
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  • Fifth-Ninth Index

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    Fifty-Ninth Index
    2015 – electronic – 3:45 Programme Notes I composed this electronic work as my contribution to an online arts project entitled 58 (+1) INDICES ON THE BODY. The project, a collaboration between the AMAE Art Collective, artist Pier Giorgio De Pinto and the philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy, called on composers to create a work that would […]
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  • You Haven't Been

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    Despair
    2016 – solo piano – 2:45 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Programme Notes Then bitter self-reproaches as I stood I dealt me silently As one perverse–misrepresenting Good In graceless mutiny. Excerpt from the poem, A Meeting with Despair, by Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)
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  • You Haven't Been

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    Distant
    2016 – solo piano – 3:22 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Programme Notes Yes, I can be quite distant. Sometimes that’s good, sometimes bad. It’s always just been that way ever since I can remember. Alone in my thoughts. Alone in my heart. Sometimes, people try to get close, but I push away. I don’t mean […]
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  • You Haven't Been

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    Longing
    2016 – solo piano – 3:38 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Programme Notes I am constantly longing. Often, I don’t even know what I’m longing for. It’s always festering inside me. Sometimes I scream about it on the inside but no one on the outside reacts. I want to share my yearnings and wants with the […]
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  • You Haven't Been

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    Crossroads Where I Stand
    2015 – solo piano – 3:50 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Programme Notes Do you ever wish you had taken another path? Made a different important life decision? It is hard standing there in those moments when you can go right or left and you don’t know where each path will lead. What is worse though […]
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  • You Haven't Been

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    Realizations
    2015 – solo piano – 3:05 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Programme Notes Often when I’m alone within my own thoughts, I will come to certain rational and/or emotional revelations. Rather than scream out to the world, I will keep it within. In a muffled state, it will swell within me. I can feel the screams […]
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  • You Haven't Been

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    Goodbye Louisa
    2015 – solo piano – 4:28 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Programme Notes I was with Louisa for 8 years. In that time, she gave me much room to grow. But she also demanded so much of me to help her, which I worked at vigorously. In exchange, I was vulnerable and needed her to protect […]
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  • You Haven't Been

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    Desolate Heart
    2016 – solo piano – 2:43 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Programme Notes I cannot put into words what it feels like to walk through life with emptiness in my heart. My brain tells my heart, “feel something, dammit!” But my heart refuses to listen and closes the shades and just sits there in the darkness. […]
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  • You Haven't Been

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    Crestfallen
    2016 – solo piano – 3:06 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Programme Notes Bury me whole in Autumn leaves, In golden clusters lay me down, Inhaling the damp brown decay. For Autumn bides eternal sure In the crestfallen caverns dug Deep within a hollowed heart. Excerpt from the poem, Autumn Leaves, by John Keats (1795-1821)
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  • You Haven't Been

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    Just One Moment
    2015 – for one piano, three hands – 2:30 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Programme Notes Do you ever get that slight glimmer of hope? It’s not to be confused with joy or celebration complete with hoots and hollers or pats on the back. No, this is that slight sliver of hope that starts to grow […]
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  • You Haven't Been

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    My Fractured Soul
    2016 – for two pianos, four hands – 3:06 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Programme Notes I often feel broken on the inside. Then The Voice starts to encourage me, pushing me to get up, to smile, to laugh, to be a bright and shining light in the world. Sometimes I start to fight The Voice […]
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  • You Haven't Been

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    Silent Struggle
    2016 – solo piano – 2:32 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Programme Notes I often wonder why I rarely cry. I sometimes think I’m heartless, have no soul, no empathy. Then it dawns on me, I do often cry – but only on the inside. I’m hurting, I’m sobbing, I feel wounded, bruised and cut. Now […]
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  • You Haven't Been

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    Diverging Crossroads
    2015 – solo piano – 8:33 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Programme Notes I sometimes feel like there are many different me’s. And those different me’s give the main me specific instructions on how to proceed. The problem is that all their different instructions contradict each other even though they might seem to intertwine on the […]
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  • The It Is of Emptiness by Frank Horvat

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    The It Is of Emptiness
    2016-17 – electronic – 5:00 Programme Notes When I first started meditating, I was always under the misperception that I needed to meditate in order to make myself feel better and happier. But instead I quickly realized meditation is most effective when there’s no expectations attached to the practice. To allow one’s being to be […]
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  • Worms Can Turn by Frank Horvat

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    Worms Can Turn
    2015 – electronic – 2:50 Recording Rough Mix Programme Notes There’s an ancient proverb that states “the worm will turn when trodden upon”, meaning the weakest among us will fight back when provoked. My composition attempts to push that idea one step further by stating that when in a state of danger, the worm has […]
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  • Four Season...in High Park by Frank Horvat

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    The Four Seasons…in High Park
    2013-14 – string quartet – 17:30 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Movement 1 (pdfs): Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello Movement 2 (pdfs): Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello Movement 3 (pdfs): Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello Movement 4 (pdfs): Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello Programme Notes As often-ley performed as it is, I […]
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  • What Would You Do For Love by Frank Horvat

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    What Would You Do For Love?
    2015 – trumpet & piano – 7:21 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Bb Trumpet Part (pdf) Recording MIDI Demo Programme Notes This composition was inspired by a story I read in the Huffington Post back in 2013 that really touched my heart… Travis and Taesha were dating. Travis needed a kidney transplant to live. Even though […]
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  • I Wait For You by Frank Horvat

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    I Wait For You
    2013 – violin, cello & piano – 3:35 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Violin Part (pdf) Cello Part (pdf) Recording MIDI Demo Programme Notes I Wait For You is inspired by the idea of a solitary figure who yearns to have someone to love and share their life with. It’s the only thing on their mind. […]
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  • Me by Frank Horvat

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    Me
    2016 – flute & piano – 6:05 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Flute Part (pdf) Performances World Premiere: October 19, 2016, St. Anne’s Anglican Church, Toronto Jamie Thompson (flute) Gregory Millar (piano) Recording Live Concert Programme Notes Me was composed in March 2016 specifically to be the first piece on my upcoming recording of chamber music […]
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  • St. Joe's Middle School in Ottawa

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    Memories of a Place Past – St. Joe’s
    2016 – soprano, clarinet & piano – 14:00 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Soprano Part (pdf) Clarinet Part (pdf) Performances World Premiere: November 9, 2016, Gallery 345, Toronto Kripa Nageshwar (soprano) Michael Westwood (clarinet) Marc Pierre Toth (piano) Recording Live Concert Demo MIDI Demo Programme Notes In February 1987, I was 12 years old and a […]
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  • A Secret Streamlet by Frank Horvat

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    A Secret Streamlet
    2016 – violin & piano – 7:15 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Violin Part (pdf) Performances World Premiere: November 17, 2016, Parliament Hill, Ottawa November 15, 2016, Montreal; November 16, 2016, Ottawa Steinway Gallery Ralitsa Tcholakova (violin) Justyna Gabzdyl (piano) Recording MIDI Demo Programme Notes On April 8, 1975, the Czech writer and activist, Václav Havel, […]
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  • Mvt 4 - somChAi nEElApAijit - photo by Luke Duggleby/Protection International

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    The Thailand HRDs
    2016-17 – for string quartet – 8:00 (2 mins/mvt.) Performances World Premiere: January 15, 2017, Dordrecht, Netherlands Rosalie de Zeeuw (violin) Maartje Rosmulder (violin) Viola Koopman (viola) Evert-Jan Hekkelman (cello) Postponed: World Premiere: October 15, 2016, Chiang Mai University Art Museum, Thailand 90s String Quartet Programme Notes The Thailand HRDs is currently a 4-movement string […]
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  • A Thing of Beauty by Frank Horvat

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    A Thing of Beauty
    2016 – for full orchestra – 5:30 (single movement) Inspired by the following poem excerpt: A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its lovliness increases; it will never Pass into nothingness; – John Keats Sheet Music Score (pdf) [please contact me for the complete parts] Recording MIDI Demo Performances World Premiere: May 7, […]
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  • Morality from a Bush by Frank Horvat

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    Morality from a Bush
    2012 – for electronics – 3:39 Recording Rough mix Programme Notes What’s brighter – a Shrub or a Dub? That’s a very good question that I’m not sure I know the answer to. What I do know is that George W. Bush was probably one of the worst world leaders of the past 100 years. […]
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  • Earth Hour concert in Regina

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    Earth Hour – The Light In My Life
    Saturday, March 25 is Earth Hour. I always get excited at this time of year because I share strong feelings about the importance of Earth Hour’s mandate. And from a creative standpoint, Earth Hour has given me such a wonderful platform to share my music and feelings. It all started on March 28, 2009, when […]
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  • SKI Club Recording Session

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    Heading into ‘New Waters’ with the Musical
    If you didn’t know, I’ve been working on composing music for a musical called SKI Club since December 2014, and it’s still not done. That might seem like a long time, but the thing I’ve learned about working on this project is that it takes a long time for a musical to come together. I […]
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  • Protect Against EMFs

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    How I (Try To) Protect Myself From EMFs
    There’s no doubt that we live in a day and age when we are constantly surrounded by electronic gadgets. I just think about my own daily routine – my laptop is on all day, our office has two computers and various music equipment/devices running as we work, we have a large flatscreen TV, we enjoy […]
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  • You Haven't Been

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    You Haven’t Been Is Coming
    Last fall, I recorded 13 new piano compositions for my future album, You Haven’t Been. The pieces are inspired by a variety of themes: despair, depression, yearning, introspection and contemplation. These are all subjects and emotions I feel I have intimate knowledge of. I’ve battled depression for years. And through a lot of hard work […]
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  • Word of the Week - Heat

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    Word of the Week – Heat
    First there was “Pickle“, then “Red“, now we’re on to “Heat”. I have a varied history with heat. When I was a kid, I was a bit chubby and enjoyed playing sports, so I was hot and sweaty often. Now into my adulthood, everything has reversed. I’m often chilly even in the summer. Lisa and […]
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  • What would you do for love?

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    What Would I Do For Love?
    I’m thinking a lot about love today as it’s Valentine’s Day. Also, I just added a new composition for trumpet and piano appropriately entitled, What Would You Do For Love?, to my online portfolio. So it got me to thinking about my own personal answer to that question. For the sake of simplicity, I will […]
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  • American Flag

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    Oh America
    Oh America, You’re scared You don’t eat well Your TV box is littered with ads that kill you You’re paranoid You’re drowning in stuff as you demand more Cancer is your holocaust and you do nothing about it You listen to people who make you hate others You’re sad You don’t exercise You don’t feel […]
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  • frank

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    Why is Cursing Bad?
    From One Frank to Another Recently, I watched a documentary on Netflix about Frank Zappa. This was a treat as Zappa’s music has always been a big influence on my own musical output. I also respect Zappa’s candour and how he used his own music, media appearances and writing to espouse the ills, stupidity and […]
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  • Getting older gracefully

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    Stop with this “I’m Getting Old” Crap!
    Lately, I’ve been watching the TV series, Louis, starring the stand-up comic, Louis C.K. (great show BTW!) In one of the episodes, he went on a rant about how he’s 42 and from this point on, life is only going to get worse, especially health-wise. This caught my attention as I’m presently 42. And it’s […]
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  • Frank Horvat's New Year's Resolution

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    New Year’s Resolution
    Well, I was going to have to break eventually. For the past 3 years, other than the odd day off once per month, I’ve been working every day. Yes, all 7 days per week! And despite doing all the right things like going for walks, meditating, eating healthy food, sleeping 8 hours and having downtime […]
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  • Top 10 Blog Posts of 2016

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    Frank’s Top 10 Blog Posts of 2016
    As you get drunk on eggnog and roast your chestnuts on an open fire this Holiday Season, I invite you to also read (or re-read) my most viewed blog posts from this past year. It’s very fascinating to see what caught your attention the most… 10. Seclusion, Turning 42 and the Bucket List (April 1) […]
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  • Random reflections on 2016

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    Random Reflections on my 2016
    I’ll be honest and say I’ve never been a fan of “year-in-review” thingies. I don’t know why that is. Perhaps because I’m always thinking and dreaming about future possibilities and opportunities. Maybe it’s also because of my depression and having a hard time celebrating anything I may have achieved in the past. So that’s what […]
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  • Frank Horvat in Studio at Canterbury

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    4 Albums, 1 Year – Update #7 (final)
    Back in June of this year, I started this monthly blog series sharing the progress of my efforts to compose, produce and fund 4 different albums of my compositions, all simultaneously, in the short time span of a year. After much thought, I’ve decided to make this the last post in this series, for 3 […]
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  • Red Song Titles

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    Red
    Back in July on Facebook, I asked my friends to type the first word that came into their head. The very first word was “pickle”. Promptly, I wrote a blog post about that. The second word shared was “red”. I’m finally getting around to talking about that! I like red but I will admit it […]
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  • Schedule of a Live-aholic!

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    Schedule of a Live-aholic!
    People often ask how I do so many different things in my musical life. I often curtly reply, “it’s easy…no kids, no house, no money and I’m home all day… So what else is there to do?!?!” But time management is something I’ve always been cognizant of in my life. I’ve touched on this in […]
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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.

  • Cyrus RhodesCyrus Rhodesmusemuse.com

    The soundscapes are interesting, infectious, and hypnotic. The CD
    [I Can See You] works best for those who want musical ambiance to fill their sonic space. I found the listening experience quite refreshing, highly original and unique.

  • John TeraudsJohn Teraudsmusicaltoronto.org

    Frank Horvat is one of the few pianists whose living includes performing the music they themselves have created. It’s interesting that, during these anniversary years for Chopin and Liszt, the two seminal composer-pianists, I haven’t noticed many people stopping to appreciate those who carry on that tradition.

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