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Let the Darkness Out

by Catherine Likhuta (2011)

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Let the Darkness Out : sonata for alto saxophone and piano / Catherine Likhuta.

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Work Overview

This saxophone concerto version of Let the Darkness Out was created for Michael Duke, John Lynch and THE SCM Wind Symphony. In its original 2011 version, Let the Darkness Out is a virtuosic sonata for alto saxophone and piano, and is one of my most internationally performed pieces to date. Shortly after moving to Australia in 2012, I heard about Michael Duke as one of the country's most prominent saxophonists and champions of new saxophone repertoire. Incidentally, around the same time, Michael was attending an international conference in the United States and heard about me and my music from the current president of the North American Saxophone Alliance, Griffin Campbell, who had toured Darkness for several concert seasons. Since then, I had great pleasure to collaborate with Michael and his internationally renowned ensemble HD Duo. At some point during our collaboration, Michael came up with the idea to turn Darkness into a saxophone concerto and gave me inspiration and support to make this idea a reality. I felt very comfortable (and excited!) making this new version for John Lynch and the SCM Wind Symphony-one of the absolute best wind ensembles in the country. Inspired by these fine musicians, the piece aims to highlight the expressive and virtuosic features of a stellar saxophone soloist, matched and supported by a confident and powerful ensemble.

Work Details

Year: 2011

Duration: 10-11 min.


Let the Darkness Out, version for saxophone and piano
Let the Darkness Out, version for saxophone and wind ensemble


Performances of this work

29 Mar 2019: at SCM Wind Symphony: Distant Views (Sydney Conservatorium of Music). Featuring Michael Duke, Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony, John Lynch.

11 May 2017: at Let the Darkness Out: Catherine Likhuta and Emma Di Marco in concert (Nickson Room). Featuring Catherine Likhuta, Emma Di Marco.

20 Mar 13: Ludwig Recital Hall, Kent State University (Kent, OH, USA). Featuring Jeff Heisler, I-Chen Yeh.

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