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Lesions : for clarinet, horn and cello

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

The term "lesions" refers to regions in organs and tissue which have suffered damage through injury or disease, such as a wound, ulcer, abscess or tumour. I first heard this term in 2004, when my mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. While she had suffered from many unexplainable and painful symptoms for sixteen years prior to that, the diagnosis of MS didn't bring us any relief. Virtually every family has a loved one who is suffering or suffered from an incurable illness. While this is a very heavy subject, I believe it's very important to keep talking about it and constantly fight for finding cures.

Lesions is written in four parts that represent four most common stages of dealing with incurable illness: Sadness, Anxiety, Denial and finally Acceptance. The absence of a pause between the last two movements has an extra-musical meaning: though denial and acceptance are antithetical states of mind, many patients find themselves stuck between these two for a long time, sometimes for the rest of their lives. The new reality is too difficult to accept, yet the symptoms are just as difficult to deny.


Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: Clarinet, horn, cello.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: 1. Sadness -- 2. Anxiety -- 3. Denial -- 4. Acceptance.

Commission note: Commissioned by Paul Dean for performance by Ensemble Q.

First performance: by Paul Dean, Peter Luff, Trish O'Brien at Ensemble Q in concert (Conservatorium Theatre, Brisbane) on 12 Nov 2017


Resonate article: Five questions to Catherine Likhuta by Anni Heino

Performances of this work

12 Nov 2018: at Catherine Likhuta and Adam Unsworth's East Coast US tour (Various venues on the US East Coast). Featuring Adam Unsworth, Catherine Likhuta.

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)).

25 Oct 2018: at Redefining the Boundaries of the Horn (A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, East Carolina University (USA)). Featuring Adam Unsworth, Catherine Likhuta.

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

15 Oct 2018: at Daniel Byrne's graduation recital (Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University). Featuring Ryan Humphrey, Daniel Byrne, Hamish Jamieson.

12 Nov 2017: at Ensemble Q in concert (Conservatorium Theatre, Brisbane). Featuring Paul Dean, Trish O'Brien, Peter Luff.

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