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Hard to Argue : concertino for horn choir

by Catherine Likhuta (2014)

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Performance by Adam Unsworth from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 77.

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Hard to argue : concertino for horn choir / Catherine Likhuta.

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Work Overview

"It is very hard to argue with my husband. Don't get me wrong: he is not at all a conflicting person. He would never be the one to initiate a dispute, and he usually comes up with elegant solutions to evade confrontations (for example, putting a continent between him and his mother). I personally never argue with him but get a chance to observe his debates with others (such as, once again, his mother). He never yells or turns aggressive or sarcastic. Sometimes, he is playful and light-hearted in the heat of an argument. Other times, he is patient and steady in proving his point. Whatever his methods, he usually leaves his opponents with the realization that their reasoning has been shattered by a few effortlessly expressed dead-on points. There came a moment when I decided it's time to stop being merely an observer. Instead, I tried to get inside the process, that is, to musically anticipate, reflect on and develop emotions that arise in the heat of an argument, as well as during its initiation. In my husband's case, it almost always unfolds as a play, really, and should be classified as a new art form." -Catherine Likhuta

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: 5-part horn choir.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to QSO Horns and Adam Unsworth

Commission note: Commissioned by Peter Luff.. Commissioned for Queensland Symphony Orchestra Horn section and Adam Unsworth (USA)

First performance: by Adam Unsworth, Lauren Manuel, Malcolm Stewart, Vivienne Collier-Vickers, Ian O'Brien — 12 Jun 14. Ian Hanger Recital Hall, Queensland COnservatorium, Brisbane

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Jazz influences, concert music for horn, virtuosic music for horn

This work showcases all the capabilities of the best orchestral horn sections. It pushes the boundaries of the traditional horn choir repertoire. While it is highly complex, groovy ostinatos and syncopated rhythms make it accessible and enjoyable by the audiences.

Winner of the: 2014 International Horn Society Composition Contest, virtuoso division


Performances of this work

14 May 2021: at ANAM - Symphony in Brass (Good Shepherd Chapel (Abbotsford)). Featuring ANAM Musicians.

1 Dec 2019: at Five Chapters: Nexas Quartet with Piers Lane (The Independent Theatre). Featuring Nexas Saxophone Quartet.

2 Nov 2018: at Between the Lines (First Congregational Church of Houston). Featuring MUSIQA Saxophone Quartet.

14 Feb 15: Opera Space, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Brisbane. Featuring Barega Saxophone Quartet.

12 Jun 14: Ian Hanger Recital Hall, Queensland COnservatorium, Brisbane. Featuring Adam Unsworth, Ian O'Brien, Lauren Manuel, Malcolm Stewart, Vivienne Collier-Vickers.

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