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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. Buy your copy now!
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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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  • The Sad Life of Laure Beausejour

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    The Sad Life of Laure Beauséjour
    2014 – for period instruments – 2 violins, viola da gamba, harpsichord – 12:00 Performances World Premiere: April 12, 2014 Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith (violin) Valerie Gordon (violin) Justin Haynes (viola da gamba) Sara-Anne Churchill (harpsichord) The 4 movements of this composition are inspired by various chapters in the life of Laure Beauséjour, the protagonist in the […]
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  • The Man, The Snake and The Fox

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    The Man, The Snake and The Fox
    2013-14 – for violin, various native courtship flutes, piano, native drum – 7 movements 15:30 in total duration Performances World Premieres: September 28, 2013 in Ottawa & February 8, 2014 in Toronto Ralitsa Tcholakova (violin) Ron Korb (flute) Mark Ferguson/Frank Horvat (piano) Beverly Souliere (native drum) Programme Notes This composition is based on the Ojibway […]
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  • Typhoon Haiyan. Copyright 2013 JMA/EUMETSAT

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    If Not Us, Then Who?
    2014 – for clarinet, cello, piano, pre-recorded audio/electronics – 10:15 Performances World Premiere: March 8, 2014 Michael Westwood (clarinet) Erika Nielsen (cello) Greg Millar (piano) MIDI Demo Programme Notes From November 26 to December 6, 2012, seventeen thousand people gathered in Doha, Qatar for the 18th United Nations Climate Change Conference. You can watch some […]
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    Life For Mars
    2013 – for solo piano – 4:53 Sheet Music Piano Part (pdf) Performances World Premieres: November 14 & 23, 2013 Vlada Mars (piano) Musideum, Toronto & Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver Recording MIDI Demo Programme Notes I’ve had an opportunity to see Vancouver pianist and composer, Vlada Mars, a number of times here in Toronto. Every […]
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    08/14/13 – Cairo
    2013 – for bass clarinet, MIDI generated instruments & sound samples – 12:45 Performances World Premiere: February 27, 2014 Kathryn Ladano (bass clarinet) Programme Notes Viewing footage on YouTube, I was completely shocked by the brutality of the violence in the crackdown on protesters in Cairo, Egypt on August 14, 2013. Within hours, hundreds were […]
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    Whistleblower
    2013 – for flute, cello, marimba, electric piano – 9:47 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Flute Part (pdf) Cello Part (pdf) Marimba Part (pdf) Electric Piano Part (pdf) Performances World Premiere: November 3, 2013 Marie Bennett (flute), Dorothy Deen (cello), Ben Wahlund (marimba), Mi-Yound Chun Kim (electric piano) Naperville Chamber Players, Warrenville Illinois Recording MIDI Demo […]
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    Do You Know Me?
    2013 – for soprano, violin, cello & piano – 6:55 composed by Frank Horvat & Katya Tchoubar Sheet Music Score (pdf) Soprano Part (pdf) Violin Part (pdf) Cello Part (pdf) Piano Part (pdf) Performances World Premiere: September 3, 2013 Katya Tchoubar (soprano), Oleksandra Fedyshyn (violin), Erika Nielsen (cello), Frank Horvat (piano) Casa Loma, Toronto Canada […]
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    Parents’ Expectations
    2013 – for viola, MIDI generated instruments & sound samples – 10:15 Performances World Premiere: 2014 Brett Deubner (viola) Programme Notes The piece is inspired by a documentary I watched online about the life of Steve Reich. In one part of the doc, Reich recounts the divorce of his parents and how his father disapproved […]
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    Lac-Mégantic
    2013 – for solo piano – 10:39 Sheet Music Piano Part (pdf) Performances World Premiere: September 23, 2013 Lisa Tahara (piano) Music Mondays, Toronto Canada Recording MIDI Demo Programme Notes This is a composition that attempts to chronicle the tragic series of events that took place in July 2013 in a small Quebec town when […]
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  • The Dignity Song

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    The Dignity Song
    2012 – for voice & piano – 4:40 music by Frank Horvat, words by Adam C. Nihmey Recording Album: The Dignity Song Buy Song: iTunes & CDBaby Date: April 14, 2013 Location: Raven Street Studios, Ottawa Musicians: Romy Mounzer (vocals), Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat Mixing/Mastering: Jean Martin   Programme Notes This deeply melancholic […]
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    Wasteland 2
    2012 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 4:08 Recording Date: March-June 2013 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (keys), Felicity Williams (vocals), Justin Haynes Joseph Phillips (bass), Jean Martin (percussion) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin Lyrics My bed’s getting cold as the alarm clock rings The sun’s shining in with purpose of day […]
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  • I Can See You - The Frank Horvat Band

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    Was My Time Worth It?
    2012 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 4:27 Recording Album: I Can See You Buy Song: releases January 21, 2014 Date: March-June 2013 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (keys), Christine Duncan (vocals), Felicity Williams (vocals), Justin Haynes (guitar), Jean Martin (percussion) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin   Lyrics I sung it over […]
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  • I Can See You - The Frank Horvat Band

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    Waiting…in Three Chords
    2012 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 4:35 Recording Album: I Can See You Buy Song: releases January 21, 2014 Date: March-June 2013 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (keys), Felicity Williams (vocals), Joseph Phillips (bass) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin   Lyrics Waiting by the phone For messages and codes Pretty pigments […]
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  • I Can See You - The Frank Horvat Band

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    This is a Story
    2012 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 3:08 Recording Album: I Can See You Buy Song: releases January 21, 2014 Date: March-June 2013 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (vocals & keys) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin   Lyrics Well, this is a story of I don’t know what About things from the […]
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  • I Can See You - The Frank Horvat Band

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    The Hurting Game
    2012 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 1:36 Recording Album: I Can See You Buy Song: releases January 21, 2014 Date: March-June 2013 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (keys), Felicity Williams (vocals), Joseph Phillips (bass) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin   Lyrics Daring games go on and on Subtle looks Sideways glances […]
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  • I Can See You - The Frank Horvat Band

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    Sun and Rain
    2012 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 3:27 Recording Album: I Can See You Buy Song: releases January 21, 2014 Date: March-June 2013 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (keys), Felicity Williams (vocals), Justin Haynes (guitar), Joseph Phillips (bass), Jean Martin (percussion) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin   Lyrics I remember when the […]
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    Song for the Bluebird
    2012 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 6:28 Recording Date: March-June 2013 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (keys), Felicity Williams (vocals), Joseph Phillips (bass), Jean Martin (percussion) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin Lyrics Just between you and me Can you see The lines of life Have broken down But who’s around to […]
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  • I Can See You - The Frank Horvat Band

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    John’s Suggestion
    2012 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 6:49 Recording Album: I Can See You Buy Song: releases January 21, 2014 Date: March-June 2013 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (keys), Christine Duncan (vocals), Thom Gill (guitar), Joseph Phillips (bass) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin   Lyrics John has made the suggestion The suggestion […]
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  • I Can See You - The Frank Horvat Band

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    Inspired by the One I Love
    2012 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 4:51 Recording Album: I Can See You Buy Song: releases January 21, 2014 Date: March-June 2013 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (keys), Felicity Williams (vocals), Thom Gill (guitar), Joseph Phillips (bass) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin   Lyrics Green hills tumbling down And the wind […]
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  • I Can See You - The Frank Horvat Band

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    Dark to Light
    2012 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 3:25 Recording Album: I Can See You Buy Song: releases January 21, 2014 Date: March-June 2013 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (keys), Felicity Williams (vocals), Michael Davidson (marimba), Joseph Phillips (bass) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin Lyrics Out of blackness light must come Out of […]
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  • I Can See You - The Frank Horvat Band

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    As Powder Falls
    2012 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 11:01 Recording Album: I Can See You Buy Song: releases January 21, 2014 Date: March-June 2013 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (keys), Felicity Williams (vocals), Michael Davidson (marimba), Joseph Phillips (bass), Jean Martin (percussion) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin   Lyrics As powder falls As […]
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    Working with the Sun
    2009 – for prepared solo piano – 2:00 Sheet Music Piano Part (pdf) Recording Album: A Little Dark Music Buy Song: iTunes or CDBaby Date: January 2010 Location: CBC Studios Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano & synthesizer) Engineer: Dennis Patterson   Programme Notes Working with the Sun is inspired by a YouTube video of the […]
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    Earth Hour
    2009 – for solo piano – 60:00 Sheet Music Piano Part (pdf) Recording Album: A Little Dark Music Buy Song: iTunes or CDBaby Date: January 2010 Location: CBC Studios Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano & synthesizer) Engineer: Dennis Patterson   Programme Notes On March 28, 2009, I was invited to perform at an Earth Hour […]
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    Classical Scrambles
    2008 – for solo piano for int. to adv. students Sheet Music Classical Scrambles – Beethoven (pdf) Classical Scrambles – Bolck (pdf) Classical Scrambles – Cimarosa (pdf) Classical Scrambles – Clementi (pdf) Programme Notes Classical Scrambles is a collection of pieces for intermediate to advanced piano students. However, I cannot claim that these compositions are […]
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    Great House of Riffs
    2006 – for solo piano – 4:00 Sheet Music Piano Part (pdf) Recording Album: I’ll Be Good Buy Song: iTunes or CDBaby Date: March 2007 Location: Acrobat Music, Pickering ON Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano) Engineer: Jim Morgan   Programme Notes There’s a music store in Rochester, New York called the “The House of Guitars”. Growing […]
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  • It's My 40th Birthday!

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    I’m 40!?
    Huh? I haven’t given this much thought. It kind of sneaks up on you doesn’t it? I’ve always had that gnawing feeling in my gut that time is running out (that’s pretty much what my new album, I Can See You, is all about) but should 40 make that feeling worse or has nothing changed? […]
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  • Earth Hour

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    Earth Hour… Nooooo #momentofdarkness
    I’ve been participating or you could say, celebrating, WWF’s Earth Hour from the start. One year they invited me to play an Earth Hour party and that’s when I realized that music sounds different in the dark. [more on that party here] That experience inspired me to write a 60-minute soundtrack for the night. Over […]
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  • WWF Snail Mail

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    Disappointment in the mail turns into a bigger question
    I have to start by being transparent and saying that I used to work at WWF-Canada. I left that org a little over two years ago and since then I keep on getting their snail mail, urgh. I’ve emailed and called four or five times now asking to be permanently removed from their list. Why […]
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  • Earth Hour by Frank Horvat

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    Earth Hour is two weeks away and…
    … I just realized I haven’t organized a performance of my piano piece of the same name. After having played at an Earth Hour event in 2009, I composed an Earth Hour soundtrack. A 60-minute piano piece written in and performed in the dark to mark this international lights-out event that happens every March in […]
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  • Frank Horvat in Utah

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    To a composer, world premieres should be awesome, right?
    I’ve been really lucky these past 6 months or so. Wonderful performers and wonderful concert series have premiered so many of my compositions. What better feeling can a composer have than sitting in an audience hearing their notes come alive in a big hall? It is definitely a powerful feeling but not the joyous one […]
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  • Glove Box Donation

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    The gloves that keep on giving
    I got lucky and I hope some other people will too! I ordered gloves for the band merch table at 4imprint. I was leery about the whole process (those reasons are a whole other story). When the box arrived with the finished gloves, one of my fears was realized… the printing on the gloves didn’t […]
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  • The Frank Horvat Band in Concert

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    TFHB Plays 3PM & 9PM Today! (not tomorrow, not again for a while, TODAY)
    It’s certainly been some kind of week for me. The band launched its new video for, Inspired by the One I Love, we are under consideration for a Polaris listing, I’ve battled through some ever present health demons, I’ve looked at the budget and realized there isn’t any money for a Spring TFHB tour BUT […]
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  • On the Road to the Polaris

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    On the Road to the Olympics…uh, I mean the Polaris
    When a musician releases a CD, we see it play out on social media. It looks like a lot of fun. The CD reviews, media attention, radio play, the tour, all the concerts, etc. Everything looks perfect like there were never any hardships along the way. It is kind of like watching the athletes compete […]
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  • Notebook - Inspired by the One I Love

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    What love inspires in us
    When I was 17, I fell totally and completely in love. I feel so fortunate to have had that moment, that chance to have that incredibly powerful feeling. That moment where you feel the world is yours, where anything is possible. It is thrilling and scary all at the same time. It’s all encompassing, not […]
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  • Huffington Post Article by Frank Horvat

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    Stop listening to me and Neil Young and listen to the scientists
    I’m mentioned on the same page of The Huffington Post as Bieber and Neil Young… ok those are links to separate articles but still, an article I wrote has been published in their Music section! And, the article combines my two passions. Read it here…
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  • It's a Party @ Creatures:Collective

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    Jan 21st, it all comes out with a party!
    Come on out Jan 21st, to The Frank Horvat Band’s debut CD launch party! Get your ticket now as it will lead to a free CD and a party that will awake all your senses! We are inviting friends, fans, music pioneers, seducers of life, all the good people who have just a bit of […]
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  • Twitter

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    The Tweet That Got Me Ranting
    I probably shouldn’t write this post. It was an innocent tweet after all that wasn’t directed at me. You could even say it was unquestionably helpful to musicians who go after the poor person who made the wrong phone call today. But a feeling of quiet rage has been growing in the pit of my […]
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  • Dark to Light video by The Frank Horvat Band

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    Wishing You 365 Wonderful Ones of These in 2014
    Here’s the first video from The Frank Horvat Band’s new CD for the song, Dark to Light. I had to sit still for over an hour in the cold morning weather to make it happen but after a 24hr Pianothon – this was a cinch! Thanks David & Storytellers for making this happen. I hope […]
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  • Frank & Lisa in High Park. Photo by David Kopman.

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    My husband, a musician
    For those of you who know me, you truly do know that I’m SO lucky to be married to such a great person. But, what is it really like being married to a musician?? This year I’ve been very fortunate to be able to work with Frank even more closely than before on his music. […]
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  • My Desert Island Playlist

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    My desert island playlist
    Without fail there are certain songs that hit me in that special place every time I hear them. They always make me stop in my tracks, leaving me in awe and with the inspiration to carry on. To be able to create music that inspires so profoundly is truly special. I feel fortunate that I’ve […]
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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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