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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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  • Couple Married 72 Years Dies Holding Hands - Piece for Orchestra - Horvat

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    Couple Married 72 Years Dies…
    …Holding Hands 2015 – clarinet concerto for full orchestra – 20:00 Sheet Music Score – 1st mov (pdf) Score – 2nd mov (pdf) Score – 3rd mov (pdf) Performances World Premiere: May 9, 2015, Toronto, Canada Michael Westwood (clarinet) Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by John Palmer) Other Performances: June 6, 2015, Toronto, Canada (more […]
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  • Honour and Reality by Frank Horvat

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    Honour and Reality
    2014 – for men’s chorus (TTBB), a cappella – 6:15 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording MIDI Demo Programme Notes In commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War I, I used the creation of this piece as a means to imagine what it must have been like, both on the home front […]
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  • For MOO by Frank Horvat

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    For MOO
    2014 – for solo piano – 3:41 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording July 2014 – Frank Horvat Programme Notes Dedicated to someone I know who shows much grace and wisdom…someone I admire greatly. - Frank Horvat LT#109
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  • What the Walls Feel as they Stare at Rob Ford Sitting in his Office by Frank Horvat

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    What the Walls Feel as they…
    …Stare at Rob Ford Sitting in his Office 2013 – for clarinet choir – 9:00 Eb, 1st Bb (at least 2 players), 2nd Bb (at least 2 players), Alto, Bass, Contrabass (optional) OR 1st Bb, 2nd Bb (at least 2 players), 3rd Bb (at least 2 players), 1st Bass, 2nd Bass Sheet Music Version 1: […]
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  • Timelapse - photo © Patricia Byers McPhail

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    Timelapse
    2013 – for orchestra – 7:00 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording MIDI Demo                     Photo courtesy of Patricia Byers McPhail Programme Notes Inspired the feverish pace of any big city and the artistic photography and videography that captures that frenzied-ness. - Frank Horvat LT#095
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  • Sunflower by Frank Horvat; photography by Andreas Krappweis

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    Sunflower
    2014 – marimba, piano, optional sound effects at the end of the piece – 6:00 Recording MIDI Demo Programme Notes This composition is a musical memorial to those who perished on Flight MH17. Surrounded by the insanity created by man, a beautiful farmer’s sunflower field was their final resting place. - Frank Horvat LT#110
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  • diskriminatsiya by Frank Horvat

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    diskriminatsiya
    2014 – flutes & pre-recorded audio/electronics – 11:06 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Performances World Premiere: August 26, 2014, London, UK Samantha Chang (flute) Christopher Lee (flute) Recording MIDI Demo Programme Notes The issue of LGBT discrimination in Russia was never very prevalent on my social justice radar. After all, I’m straight, not gay. I live […]
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  • Ode to the Evil Patty Hewes by Frank Horvat

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    Ode to the Evil Patty Hewes
    2013 – violin & piano – 14:30 Sheet Music 1st Movement Score (pdf) Violin Part (pdf) 2nd Movement Score (pdf) Violin Part (pdf) 3rd Movement Score (pdf) Violin Part (pdf) Performances World Premiere: June 24, 2014, Sofia, Bulgaria Ralitsa Tcholakova (violin) Zornitsa Radionova (piano) Movements: 1. Ruthless (4:30) 2. Master Manipulator (5:00) 3. Brilliant (5:00) […]
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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 Sheet Music Score: 1st mov. | 2nd mov. | 3rd mov. | 4th mov. Violin 1 Part: 1st mov. | 2nd mov. | 3rd mov. | 4th mov. Violin 2 Part: 1st mov. | 2nd mov. | 3rd mov. | 4th […]
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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 Sheet Music Score – 1st Movement (pdf) Flute Part – 1st Movement (pdf) Violin Part – 1st Movement (pdf) Piano Part – 1st Movement (pdf) Score – 2nd Movement (pdf) Score – 3rd Movement (pdf) Score – […]
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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) Other Performances: July 12, 2014, Musideum Michael Westwood (clarinet) Erika Nielsen (cello) Greg Millar (piano) MIDI Demo Programme Notes From November 26 to December 6, 2012, seventeen thousand people gathered […]
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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 July 2014 – Frank Horvat Programme Notes I’ve had an opportunity to see Vancouver pianist and composer, Vlada Mars, a number of times here […]
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    08/14/13 – Cairo
    2013 – for bass clarinet, MIDI generated instruments & sound samples – 12:45 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Performances World Premiere: February 27, 2014 Kathryn Ladano (bass clarinet) Recording MIDI Demo – click here to mp3 Programme Notes Viewing footage on YouTube, I was completely shocked by the brutality of the violence in the crackdown on […]
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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-Young 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 by Frank Horvat

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    Parents’ Expectations
    2013 – for viola, MIDI generated instruments & sound samples – 10:15 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording MIDI Demo 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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  • Composition

    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 » View Video Other Performances: June 15, 2014 Lisa Tahara (piano) Walter Hall, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto Dec 10, 2014 Lisa Tahara (piano) Arts & Letters Club, Toronto […]
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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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  • Album: Strange Machine by The Frank Horvat Band

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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  
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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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  • Album: Strange Machine by The Frank Horvat Band

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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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  • Frank Horvat

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    The Year’s Half Done – What Have I Accomplished?
    The simple answer is a lot! I have composed over 50 compositions since January 1st. My main focus these past 6 months has been to build up my portfolio of compositions for Lisa to shop around for Film and TV placement. I complete 1, 2 or even 3 of these in a day using all […]
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    There’s No Such Thing As Writer’s Block!
    This month last year, Lisa and I attended the New Music Seminar in New York City. The conference’s keynote address was presented by prolific songwriter, Desmond Child. After his presentation (which included a fascinating piano and vocal performance of his composition and Bon Jovi hit, Livin’ on a Prayer), he fielded questions from the audience. […]
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  • Vancouver 2010 Frank Horvat

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    9 Reasons How I Survive as a Professional Musician
    Last Fall, the University of Toronto Faculty of Music invited me to give a talk to first year students about my career as a professional musician. While I have never been rich or famous (and most likely never will), I have always somehow survived as a musician. So in preparation for that presentation, I sat […]
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  • Desktop Screen Shot

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    You’re A Musician??…What Do You Really Do?
    My 8 “Jobs” as a Music Career Whenever I go to a party and someone asks me what I do for a living, I’m always fascinated by their reaction to my “musician” answer. Without saying anything, their facial reaction and body language to my answer always insinuates, “no no no…what do you REALLY do?” For […]
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  • Frank Horvat

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    “Congratulations, I’m So Happy For You!” Well, actually…
    Full disclosure…I am a very, very, very jealous person of other people’s success!! Whew, that feels better to get off my chest;)! I’m using this blog post to reveal something very personal about myself. As fortunate as I am to be showered with praise for my successes and for who I am by my many […]
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    Kids, you get too much time off!
    Kids do not need a 2 1/2 month summer break! Let me start by saying that I am not a parent so I don’t know the value of having extended periods of time with my kids. And I also teach piano so you could say that I have a bias in wanting kids not to […]
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  • SKI Club Musical at Big Ideas Festival

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    The (Fun) Long and Winding Road
    In the Fall 2014, I was invited to a networking event organized by the Playwrights Guild of Canada. The goal of the gathering was to connect playwrights and composers. Other than a short musical that I had composed as a student, my musical life had not really connected to the theatre world so I was […]
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  • The Agenda guest Smudge Swann

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    Smudge & James
    I know Smudge Swann as a talented singer-songwriter and composer of film/tv music here in Toronto. At one point or another, all of us creative music types eventually meet here in Toronto. But what I’ve also learned recently is that she has a Ph.D in Economics, and most importantly she has dedicated a huge part […]
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    Love Meets Musical Life
    If you could arrange that you and your spouse die together at the same time, would you like that to happen? I’m not talking about some murder-suicide thing. Either die naturally or even in an accident. I often think about this. I have been with my life partner since we were kids and I just […]
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  • photo courtesy of Ingrid Taheri

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    5 Ways Music Festivals Need to Change
    Let me start by saying that this blog post is not about the type of music festival where you go and listen to 100 bands in a farmer’s field one weekend, pay $20 for a beer and wear a tie dyed t-shirt. Instead, it’s about music festivals that take place in countless cities and towns […]
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  • Recent Posts

    Strange Emotions at the Adjudicating Table
    I’m wrapping up a week of visiting Renfrew, Ontario where I’ve been adjudicating at their local music festival and where I also performed a solo piano recital this past Tuesday. Like most towns in Canada, the people here are most kind and appreciative of so-called experts like me working with their local piano kids and […]
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  • credit Piano Piano!

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    Stop Playing Old Music!
    What the Classical Music Establishment Needs to Do in order to Survive… Lately, anytime I peruse my newsfeed on Facebook and Twitter, I’m bombarded with friends sharing articles and op-eds about the decline of classical music…’5 things orchestras need to do bolster audiences’, etc. Usually the solutions of the so-called experts are to have concerts […]
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  • Horvat Family

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    Meet the Parents…from afar!
    This past easter weekend, I celebrated my 41st birthday. It was great to have that fall on the long weekend so Lisa and I could have my parents visit us from Ottawa for the first time in the new condo. This visit was nice and special like most of our visits since we don’t get […]
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  • Mimico by the lake

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    Top 5 Reasons Why I Love Mimico
    Sorry folks, but Frank isn’t available to write his weekly blog post. His eyeballs are up to his eardrums in preparing the score for the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra‘s May 9th premiere of his clarinet concerto in Toronto with the wonderful Michael Westwood. Frank lost time this week taking care of me when I was […]
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  • Frank Horvat on The Green Keys Tour

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    There’s 6 Types of People When it Comes to Climate Change…
    This weekend, I’m celebrating the 5th anniversary of the release of my album, A Little Dark Music, and my composition, Earth Hour. On that same Earth Hour night 5 years ago, I also started the Green Keys Tour, a 63-city solo piano concert tour promoting eco-friendly behaviour. These “concerts in the dark” were a great […]
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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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