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

Album Sampler

  1. Life for Mars Frank Horvat (piano) more... 05:28
  2. A Little Loopy Sharlene Wallace (harp) more... 09:54
  3. I Wait For You Edwin Huizinga (violin), Erika Nielsen (cello), Gregory Millar (piano) more... 03:44
  4. The Thailand HRDs, mvt. 23 Mivos Quartet more...
  5. Diverging Crossroads Frank Horvat (piano) more... 08:32
  6. Void Laura Swankey (vocals), Frank Horvat (piano) more... 10:01
  7. Whistleblower Jamie Thompson (flute), Erika Nielsen (cello), Daniel Morphy (marimba), Frank Horvat (electric piano) more... 09:55
  8. Return to East Aleppo Frank Horvat (piano) more... 05:09
  9. fishworshipper The Frank Horvat Band more... 03:06
  10. The Man, the Snake and the Fox, movt. 5 Ron Korb (flute), Ralitsa Tcholakova (violin), Benjamin Smith (piano) more... 01:54
  11. Starsky & Hutch Frank Horvat (piano) more... 03:36
  12. The Hurting Game The Frank Horvat Band more... 01:35
  13. The Week After Frank Horvat (piano) more... 10:06
  14. The Dignity Song Romy Mounzer (vocals), Frank Horvat (piano) more... 04:39

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  • I Am Not Alone by Frank Horvat

    Latest Compositions

    I Am Not Alone
    2020 – 5-part student violin ensemble – 2:00 minutes 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 […]
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  • Pedalling to Ecuador (Photo by Maxi Corrado on Unsplash)

    Latest Compositions

    Pedal Music
    2020 – for chamber musicians – 95:00 (5 movements, 3-21 musicians each) Performances World Premiere: June 14, 2020, MúsicaOcupa Festival, Quito, Ecuador (POSTPONED until October) commissioned by InConcerto Programme Notes Each movement in Pedal music takes a theme from Handel’s Water Music (1717) as a jumping off point. As Handel’s piece was originally conceived as […]
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  • Music for Self-Isolation by Frank Horvat

    Latest Compositions

    Music for Self-Isolation
    2020 – various solos and duos – 2:00 minutes each As a composer, I felt helpless at home during this COVID-19 pandemic. Then I thought, I could at least provide my musical friends with new compositions while they are spending time in self-isolation. So since late March, I composed 31 new short pieces of music […]
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  • Earth Hour 2 composed by Frank Horvat (photo by Daniel Olah)

    Latest Compositions

    Earth Hour 2
    2019 – piano – 60:00 Sheet Music Score (pdf) 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 This is the sequel to my first 60-minute solo piano piece for the dark. Ten years on […]
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  • I Love You by Frank Horvat (Photo by Ali Yahya on Unsplash)

    Latest Compositions

    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 this […]
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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

    Latest Compositions

    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

    Latest Compositions

    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)

    Latest Compositions

    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)

    Latest Compositions

    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)

    Latest Compositions

    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)

    Latest Compositions

    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

    Latest Compositions

    Piano Piece No. 5
    2015 – 4 hands / 2 pianos – 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 […]
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  • Love in 6 Stages - composed by Frank Horvat

    Latest Compositions

    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

    Latest Compositions

    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

    Latest Compositions

    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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  • Heat Island by Frank Horvat (photo by Maxx Miller on Unsplash)

    Latest Compositions

    Heat Island
    2017 – piano – 9:30 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Performances World Premiere: July 13, 2017, Music & Beyond Festival, Horticulture Building, Ottawa Frank Horvat (piano) 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 When […]
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  • Return to East Aleppo

    Latest Compositions

    Return to East Aleppo
    2017 – piano & electronics – 5:12 Recording Album: Never Again Is Now Buy Album: The Aleppo Music Project Musicians: Various including Frank Horvat (piano)   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 […]
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  • Fifth-Ninth Index

    Latest Compositions

    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 - composed & performed by Frank Horvat

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    Despair
    2016 – solo piano – 2:45 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 Then bitter self-reproaches as I stood I dealt me silently As one perverse–misrepresenting Good In graceless mutiny. Excerpt from […]
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  • 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

    DISCOGRAPHY

    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

    DISCOGRAPHY

    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

    DISCOGRAPHY

    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

    DISCOGRAPHY

    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

    DISCOGRAPHY

    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."
  • Second wave (Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash)

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    The Second Wave Cometh
    The whole point of having a blog is to share my thoughts and feelings and have people read them. So I’m not doing a good job of that if I pick topics to write about that people don’t want to think about. But for this post, I’ll do it anyway…the second wave of COVID-19. If […]
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  • Photo by Angelina Kichukova on Unsplash

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    The Virtue of Rest
    During the Pandemic, I am so grateful that I have been able to stay busy. Despite the shutdowns and isolation, I actually feel like it’s been even more busy than usual working on a number of great creative projects. Thanks to technology, I have also been able to continue to see most of my students […]
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  • Frank Horvat and Kathryn Ladano at Canterbury Music working on recording Alchemist's Brew

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    Un-Masking The Music
    One of the parts of my music-making that I’m very passionate about is recording. I have been very fortunate in my music career to produce and release 11 albums of my compositions. Collaborating with talented and kind-hearted people is an important part of my life routine. 2020 was destined to be similar to all the […]
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  • Photo by Curtis MacNewton on Unsplash

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    The Last Time I…
    The last time I got a haircut: January 6, 2020. Usually I get a haircut every 3 months. It’s now been 6 months. I’m starting to get a bit shaggy. But I look good with my hair blowing in the wind 🙂 The last time I ate a meal in a restaurant: March 13, 2020, […]
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  • Photo by Sam Wheeler on Unsplash

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    Don’t Want To Die of COVID? Get Healthy!
    In the past number of weeks, we have been bombarded with constant media messaging that tells us the way we can avoid contracting COVID-19 is by physical distancing from others, washing hands and wearing a mask. I don’t dispute that. But why do I never hear medical experts or the government encouraging us to get […]
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  • Tennis (Photo by Lucas Davies on Unsplash)

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    A Worried Sports Fan
    I am an avid sports fan, specifically hockey, tennis, baseball and basketball. Due to the Pandemic, I have felt a void. I feel sort of wussy for admitting this considering so many people are going through WAY more important hardships right now. But sports has always been an important mental diversion in my busy life. […]
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  • creativity

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    Creating Art With No Plan
    My wife and I have been watching Dear White People on Netflix (great show BTW!) One of the characters is a film student in a university. She’s working towards her big final project – producing a documentary. One problem…she has no idea what her documentary is about. But to stay productive, she wanders her campus […]
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  • King monument in Washington (Photo by Sins S on Unsplash)

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    Tearing Down the Symbols of Racism
    American philosopher, Cornel West, has said, “you can’t really move forward until you look back.” He’s right, especially in the context of discussing the systematic and oppressive racism faced by people of colour for centuries. The crimes of the past have led to the crimes of the present. As nice as it is to see […]
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  • Empty Concert Hall

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    Musicians…We Need to Prepare for a New Reality
    As the COVID Pandemic continues to ravage the Classical Music sector, I have been waiting this past many weeks of self-isolation for someone to announce the magic solution to all of our main challenges – when and how can live performances resume? And even when they do resume, how do we ensure that audiences will […]
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  • Rainbow over Paris

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    Wise Words for the Age of COVID
    “I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.” ― Robert Fulghum “They say a person needs just three […]
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  • Future of Music

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    Best of Times & Worst of Times
    Music Canada just commissioned Abacus Data to take a poll of Canadian music enthusiasts to see where they’re at with their consumption of music during this age of COVID. The results bring me feelings of both optimism and worry. Because of the lockdown, the public is consuming way more musical content online than they ever […]
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  • Music for Self-Isolation - composed by Frank Horvat

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    I’m done but #IsolationMusic remains
    I haven’t written a blog post in a little while…I’ve been busy. When self-isolation started at the end of March, I had this crazy idea…why not compose a short new piece for a different instrument or voice each day so my musical friends have something new to play while in Self-Isolation. On March 25, I […]
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  • bridge

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    COVID is Tragic, Crazy, Disruptive… and Good?
    In my 45 years on this planet, I can’t think of anything that has impacted the entire world simultaneously like the COVID-19 Pandemic. As a student of history, I’m also having a hard time finding another comparable example. Not necessarily in the amount of victims…fortunately that is still a relatively low number. But just to […]
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  • Earth Hour Music

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    Change in Plans…
    March 17, 2020: Change in plans again… Due to the State of Emergency over COVID-19 announced in the province of Ontario on March 17, this live-streamed concert has been postponed until further notice. Thank you for your interest. Wishing you the best of health! Dear Friends, It has been such a difficult week for so […]
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  • Pedalling to Ecuador (Photo by Maxi Corrado on Unsplash)

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    Pedalling Closer to Ecuador
    My collaboration with InConcerto and MusicaOcupa is getting closer. Since I first revealed details about this wonderful project last November, I am so grateful to have secured individual donations and more grants to fund this commission…from the SOCAN Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts. These grants along with support from the Toronto Arts […]
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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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