Out Loud

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Catherine Likhuta

Catherine Likhuta

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Subtitle: Concerto for Piano and Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 15:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Catherine Likhuta
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $220.00; (digital) - $180.00   |   Score Only (digital) - $35.00


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Program Notes

Out Loud (2008) is a concerto for piano and wind ensemble, commissioned by the Cornell University Wind Ensemble (Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor). It is Likhuta’s first composition for wind ensemble, seeking to explore the medium within her compositional style. As opposed to other piano concerti, the ensemble’s role is not reduced to a mere accompaniment, but rather intended as a conversation or a musical argument with the soloist. “I wanted every note to be honest and sincere, like thinking out loud musically” hence the title of the work.

- Program Note from WASBE

It always seemed to me that the character of wind instruments complemented my style of writing. As a pianist, I’m amazed by the drastic, almost instantaneous, volume and mood change that any wind instrument can produce while holding the same note, something that the piano is not capable of doing. Out Loud (2008) came about as a combination of my three favorite musical elements: the piano as an ambitious soloist, the wind ensemble as a solid compositional instrument with tremendous versatility, and finally, a musical conversation, or rather an argument, between the two.

When I first heard the wind ensemble as a medium by itself it stimulated a flood of ideas in my mind. I was completely consumed by this piece for months, striving to write out all of the ideas I had. Additional excitement and inspiration came from composing specifically for Cornell University Wind Ensemble because this was a great way for me to express my appreciation for Cornell University and all the nice people I knew there. As a consequence, I feel that every measure of Out Loud is very sincere and honest.

- Program Note by composer


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