Home Away from Home
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
String Bass (optional)
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:
- Bass Drum
- Gong (large)
- Snare Drum
- Suspended Cymbal (medium)
- Triangle (medium)
- Wind Chimes
- Wood Block
None discovered thus far.
Contrary to what its title might suggest, Home Away From Home took a menacing tone, featuring thunderous drums, quietly creeping melodic lines, musical car chases, and screeching halts.
- Program Note by Abby Rooney for the Columbia Spectator
Home Away From Home was commissioned by Jason Noble for the Columbia University Wind Ensemble.
I was born and raised in Kyiv, Ukraine, and then lived in the United States for eight years before moving permanently to Australia in 2012. As a result, all three countries became home to me, and I always miss them and my friends in each of them when I am away. I feel equally at home in all three. It so happened that Jason’s commission came just before my family and I went on sabbatical to Ithaca, N.Y. (our home in 2005-2009) from Australia for six months, also stopping by the Ukraine on our way there. It was a very special time, filled with somewhat forgotten youthful thrill, wonderful reunions and nostalgic experiences. It made me realize that, in a way, each of these three places is my home away from home. I reflected on that thought and also started thinking about the university freshmen students for whom I was writing the piece, who just left their parents’ nest and were finding their home away from home and their new life and community on campus. It is an exciting yet emotional time for them, and I wanted to reflect that in the piece.
The opening section of the work represents the initial excitement associated with the new beginning, somewhat similar to a plane take-off: you are strapped in and have no control over what’s going to happen next, yet somehow you know you are in for an exciting experience. You hear the engine starting, which makes your heart rate go up (mine, anyway!).
The melancholic section that follows is a moment of reflection, inspired by the experience of visiting a house where your loved ones used to live, for the first time after they are gone. The experience cannot be put into words -- it can only be lived through. I have lived through it and felt like sharing it by means of music. After the initial sadness and sorrow, which are inevitable parts of this experience, your mind brings forward wonderful memories associated with these loved ones, making you sad and happy at the same time.
The next section is desperate and determined, building the tension and bringing the listener to the gutsy climax inspired by Ukrainian folk music, before returning to the original youthful, optimistic and funky opening material. The piece ends on a positive note, with a little quirky waltz surprise thrown in just before the end.
- Program Note by composer
None discovered thus far.
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- University of Kentucky (Lexington) Wind Symphony (John Cody Birdwell, conductor) - 24 April 2022
- University of Oklahoma (Norman) Symphony Band (Christopher Baumgartner, conductor) - 21 April 2022
- University of Texas (Austin) Wind Ensemble (Jerry Junkin, conductor) – 20 April 2022
- Dallas (Tx.) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor) - 2 April 2022
- Trinity University (San Antonio, Tx.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (James Worman, conductor) - 7 November 2021
- University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Michael Butler, conductor) – 6 March 2020
- State University of New York, Potsdam, Symphonic Band (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) – 3 March 2020
- Encore Wind Ensemble (Roseville, Minn.) (Catherine Sinon Bushman, conductor) – 24 November 2019
- University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Symphonic Band (Michael C. Robinson, conductor) – 13 November 2019
- Marywood University (Scranton, Penn.) Wind Symphony (F. David Romines, conductor) - 10 November 2019
- Columbia University (New York) Wind Ensemble (Jason Noble, conductor) – 25 March 2019 (Carnegie Hall, New York) *Premiere Performance*
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Apex Predators (2015)
- Bad Neighbours (2017)
- Hard to Argue (2014)
- Home Away from Home (2019)
- It Comes and Goes
- Let the Darkness Out (2011/2019)
- Me Disagree (2013)
- Out Loud (2008)
- Planet B (2021)
- Scraps from a Madman's Diary (2016)
- Through Healers' Eyes
- Vivid Dreams (2018/2020)
- Catherine Likhuta, personal correspondence, April 2019
- Catherine Likhuta website Accessed 27 March 2019
- The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 392.
- Perusal score
- Rooney, Abby. "Columbia University Wind Ensemble performs whimsical works, haunting tribute at Carnegie Hall." Columbia Spectator, 27 March 2019. Web. Accessed 27 March 2019