Vivid Dreams

From Wind Repertory Project
Catherine Likhuta

Catherine Likhuta (orch. Frederick Steiner)

Subtitle: Concerto for Low Horn and Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2018 / 2020
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Horn and piano
Publisher: Catherine Likhuta
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $275.00   |   Score Only (digital) - $50.00


1. Cradle in the Forest
2. Octopus
3. Urban Secrets


Full Score
Solo Horn
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Brake Drum
  • Chimes
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (large)
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal (medium)
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Toms (4)
  • Triangle (medium)
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Vivid Dreams was originally written for low horn and piano for the low horn virtuoso Denise Tryon. The wind band version was commissioned by the University of Missouri-Kansas City Wind Ensemble and Denis Tryon.

When writing Vivid Dreams, I decided to highlight the horn's unique storytelling abilities and to musically depict three stories:

1. Cradle in the Forest
2. Octopus
3. Urban Secrets

The cycle opens with the solo horn prologue, as if inviting the audience to listen to the stories about to be told. Cradle in the Forest is a creepy lullaby gone wrong, with some unexpected turns. Octopus takes us on a short journey into the strange world of this fascinating creature, through the 8-note enigmatic ostinato. Finally, Urban Secrets is a brisk walk through the hidden alleys of a busy city (such as New York, Chicago or Melbourne). There is a moment in the piece where, amongst all the surrounding busyness, one stops for a minute to peek through a window of a dance studio, where couples are dancing waltz. Then it is back to the noisy city life.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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