Mosaic for Horn and Piano (orig. horn and orchestra) by Elizabeth Knudson

Mosaic was inspired by the idea of creating a dreamscape, with the solo horn as the central character: the one experiencing the dream. I was interested in exploring the idea of dreaming as a means of processing ideas and information, but at the same time, being aware that dreaming is not a process over which we have the same degree of control as we do over our conscious thoughts. Just as real-life information and experiences are filtered and transformed through the dreaming process, several motivic ideas recur and are transformed throughout the various movements. The piece is structured in five movements (attacca), beginning with slow-moving octaves in the lowest range of the piano, emulating the slow breathing of one falling asleep.  The second movement is bright, with melodic reference to a pelog gamelan scale. The third movement expands outwards from the first three notes of Brahms' famous Lullaby, evolving into something much more intense at the climax of the piece. The fourth movement is a cadenza for the solo horn, leading into the fifth movement, which contains reference to an out-of-body experience.

Mosaic received its premiere (orchestral version) with the West Coast Symphony Orchestra: Bujar Llapaj, conductor, and guest horn soloist Oliver de Clercq (principal horn, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra), on June 11th, 2010, at Vancouver Technical Theatre, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

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