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I Threw a Shoe at a Cat : variations for solo French horn

by Catherine Likhuta (2017)

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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

This humorous 4-movement piece was a gift for my dear friend and collaborator Peter Luff (QCGU), supported by a grant from Australia Council for the Arts. The title refers to the 2016 incident when Peter suffered a shoulder injury after throwing a shoe at a stray cat in an attempt to interrupt a fierce cat fight. The injury was so serious that Peter had to go through a surgery and long recovery period, and couldn't wait to get back to his normal active lifestyle. The piece was written in collaboration with Peter; together we decided it would be best to make it humorous (as there was a certain portion of irony in the whole cat situation).

Theme mimics the cat's apologetic confession. Waltz is a little dialogue between the cat and its injured human. Yazz (that's how Peter jokingly refers to jazz) has a steady ostinato with short sudden splashes of fast energetic bits. Those represent the human's unsuccessful attempts to be active at the early stages of recovery. In Finale, the human is back to being his witty, fun and energetic self, with a friendly little conversation with the cat towards the end, reflecting on their joint endeavour.

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: Horn in F.

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: 1. Theme -- 2. Waltz -- 3. Yazz -- 4. Finale.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Peter Luff

Commission note: Commissioned with funds provided by Australia Council.

First performance: by Horn Hounds at Horn Hounds in concert (Ian Hanger Recital Hall) on 23 Nov 2017


Resonate article: Five questions to Catherine Likhuta by Anni Heino


I threw a shoe at a cat

Source: Performed by Peter Luff

I Threw a Shoe at a Cat


Performances of this work

30 Oct 2018: at Lecture-recital: "I Threw a Shoe at a Cat" (Whalen School of Music, Ithaca College).

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)).

23 Oct 2018: at Lecture-recital: "I Threw a Shoe at a Cat" (Western Michigan University). Featuring Peter Luff.

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

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

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