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Bad Neighbours : chamber concerto for 6 horns

by Catherine Likhuta (2017)

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The Australian Music Centre's catalogue does not include any recordings or sheet music of this work. This entry is for information purposes only.

It is listed in our catalogue because an event featuring a performance of this work was included in our calendar of Australian music. Details of this performance are listed below.

Work Overview

Bad Neighbours is a chamber concerto for two horn soloists and horn quartet, commissioned by Horn Hounds (Peter Luff and Ysolt Clark, QCGU). The solo parts are aimed at professional players/graduate students, and the quartet parts are suitable for undergraduate students, though would be engaging for established performers as well. The piece was written for the world premiere at the 49th International Horn Symposium in Brazil.

As the piece is inspired by the (most recent) war and invasion from Ukraine's ultimate "bad neighbour", it features numerous musical dialogues, arguments and even fights. It mixes an overall sense of tension and determination with moments of sadness and mourning. Above all, however, it is about fighting for freedom and independence. I embraced my ethnic heritage in this work, consciously incorporating Ukrainian folk modes and angular rhythms from folk dances, mixing them with the characteristic elements of my compositional style, such as jazz influences, metre changes and overall virtuosity. The 1st horn soloist represents Ukraine and has several solo moments which to me sound like singing of Ukrainian folk tunes.

This project was supported by a grant from the Australia Council for the Arts, with organisational support from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: 6 horns in F.

Duration: 14 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Requires two professional soloists and a student horn quartet

Commission note: Commissioned by Horn Hounds with funds provided by Australia Council.

First performance: by Horn Hounds at Horn Hounds in concert (Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Brazil) on 30 Jun 2017

The composer notes the following styles, influences, etc. associated with this work:
Ukrainian folk fusion, virtuosic horn music.


Resonate article: Five questions to Catherine Likhuta by Anni Heino


Bad Neighbours
Bad Neighbours


Performances of this work

29 Oct 2018: at Peter Luff and Catherine Likhuta in concert (Hockett Family Recital Hall - Ithaca College).

27 Oct 2018: at Peter Luff and Catherine Likhuta in concert (Bryan Recital Hall - Moore Musical Arts Center (Bowling Green, Ohio)).

22 Oct 2018: at Adam Unsworth, Peter Luff and Catherine Likhuta in concert (Britton Hall, University of Michigan). Featuring Peter Luff, Adam Unsworth, Catherine Likhuta.

17 Oct 2018: at 2018 BGSU New Music Festival (Bowling Green State University, Mid American Centre for Contemporary Music).

23 Nov 2017: at Horn Hounds in concert (Ian Hanger Recital Hall). Featuring Horn Hounds.

23 Nov 17: Ian Hanger Recital Hall, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. Featuring Peter Luff, Ysolt Clark Quartet.

30 Jun 2017: at Horn Hounds in concert (Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Brazil). Featuring Horn Hounds.

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