08/14/13 – Cairo

2013 – for bass clarinet, fixed electronics – 12:45

Sheet Music

Score (pdf)
[please contact me for the fixed electronics sound file]


World Premiere: February 27, 2014
Kathryn Ladano (bass clarinet)


Album: The Current Agenda
Buy Piece: iTunes
Date: September 19, 2017
Location: THE FARM, Toronto
Musicians: Kathryn Ladano (bass clarinet)
Producer: Frank Horvat and Jean Martin

The Current Agenda album - composed by Frank Horvat

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Programme Notes

Viewing footage on YouTube, I was completely shocked by the brutality of the violent crackdown on protesters in Cairo, Egypt on August 14, 2013. Within hours, hundreds were killed as army bulldozers cleared encampments that were occupied by people protesting the removal, by the army, of the democratically elected president. Live ammunition and tear gas were used as people ran for their lives or tried to save the injured. Despite the carnage, many protesters were defiant. Many chanted political slogans and fought back. This piece attempts to depict the horror of that day. The source material heard within this piece was recorded by eyewitnesses.

– Frank Horvat

Commissioned by Kathryn Ladano.



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