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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 is a dramatic staged work for chamber choir and wind band. Subtitled "Musical depiction of the mutation of a once-healthy mind", it is the only work in its genre in the world music literature to date. The piece is inspired by a short story from Ukrainian author Nikolai Gogol ("Diary of a Madman", 1835). The libretto, lyrics and choreography are written by the composer.

The piece is written in a format of a personal diary in 13 scenes, with each scene serving as a diary entry. It depicts the gradual descent of a person into insanity, scene by scene, minute by minute. With each diary entry, we see new signs of blooming mental illness, which eventually leads to a major mental breakdown. At that moment, the Madman separates himself from the choir, and the choir starts to represent voices in the Madman's head.

The piece raises awareness of mental illness through the musical portrayal of the dramatic personal struggle.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: Horn in F, piano.


Scraps from a Madman's Diary, by Catherine Likhuta.

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 Catherine Likhuta, Adam Unsworth.

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

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 Adam Unsworth, Peter Luff, Catherine Likhuta.

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

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