After spending a lifetime in relative anonymity, what is it like to suddenly be hailed as a celebrated composer? And that also with a composition that is actually at odds with everything that you believed in, judging by all your previous pieces? This seems like a theme for a novel. It happened to the composer Simeon ten Holt.
In Arabesk , J. Heymans sketches - on the basis of many encounters with the master himself, letters, diary fragments and conversations with those involved - a kaleidoscopic picture of the development of Simeon ten Holt as a composer, from the first sounds on the piano to the last on the violin . He is also portrayed as a culture carrier who has experienced many artistic and musical fashions up close during the last century. It also provides an unforgettable atmospheric image of the artists' village of Bergen. And indeed, all of this reads like an exciting novel. In addition, the book contains a CD on which Ten Holt himself plays the Canto Ostinato for the first time.