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Scenes 1 and 3: Scraps from a Madman's Diary : horn with piano

by Catherine Likhuta (2016)

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Scraps from a Madman's Diary


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Scraps from a Madman's Diary : secular oratorio-drama for chamber choir and wind symphony / Catherine Likhuta.

Version: This product features the SATB Choir with band version of this work

Library shelf no. 782.1/LIK 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Scraps from a Madman's Diary (2016) in its original version is a 36-minute oratorio-drama for mixed choir and wind symphony, in 13 scenes. It was commissioned by QCGU, with consortium support from UGA and Sydney Conservatorium. Written in a format of a personal diary, the piece depicts a person's fall into insanity, scene by scene, and addresses the increasingly important topic of mental illness and its perception in our society. As the students of QCGU were preparing for the world premiere of the original version, my collaborators from the same institution - Peter Luff and Ysolt Clark (Horn Hounds) requested that I reimagine two of the opening scenes for two horns and piano, for us to perform at their then-upcoming concert. I am fascinated with horn and its incredible storytelling abilities; for me, it is the only instrument that can tell the same story as emotionally and effectively as a 48-member choir…

Scenes 1 and 3 are contrasting in nature, both in terms of musical material and the underlying oratorio libretto. Scene 1 is an emotional outcry of the Madman, who is not yet aware of his blooming mental illness, and it seems to him as if the entire world is against him, and he cannot understand why. Scene 3 is an imaginary interaction with his boss, in which the boss asks him to entertain his two puppy dogs (a common Australian way to refer to house dogs). At the end of the scene, the Madman promises to the boss that he will entertain his puppy dogs by writing them funny emails…

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: 2 horns, piano.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Written for Horn Hounds

First performance: by Horn Hounds — 12 Sep 16. ueensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Brisbane


Scraps from a Madman's Diary, by Catherine Likhuta.
Scraps from a Madman's Diary: Scenes 1 and 3

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). Featuring Peter Luff, Catherine Likhuta, Alexander Shuhan.

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

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

14 Oct 16: Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Brisbane. Featuring The Australian Voices, Queensland Conservatorium Wind Orchestra, Peter Morris, Gordon Hamilton.

12 Sep 16: ueensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Brisbane. Featuring Horn Hounds.

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