2013 – for solo piano – 14:10

Sheet Music

Piano Part (pdf)


World Premiere:
September 23, 2013
Lisa Tahara (piano)
Music Mondays, Toronto Canada
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Other Performances:
June 15, 2014
Lisa Tahara (piano)
Walter Hall, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto

Dec 10, 2014
Lisa Tahara (piano)
Arts & Letters Club, Toronto


coming Fall 2017
(please ask if you require it before then)

Album: The Current Agenda
Releasing: Fall 2017
Location: Canterbury Studios, Toronto
Musicians: Lisa Tahara (piano)
Producer: Frank Horvat and Jean Martin

The Current Agenda - composed by Frank Horvat

Programme Notes

This is a composition that attempts to chronicle the tragic series of events that took place in July 2013 in a small Quebec town when a train derailed and exploded. The piece tells the story through the tone of the piano, from ominous mechanical sounds of a train out of control, to the massive explosion, to the healing and prayer that took place afterwards as a town comes to grips with the awful event that transpired. Each of the five sections captures key moments in the story and the score contains a narrative for each of those sections.

– Frank Horvat

Part 1: Freight train moves east before the engineer stops to rest for the evening.
Part 2a: Train is parked for the night in a tranquil area near Nantes, QC. The engineer checks into a hotel in Lac-Mégantic 10kms down track.
Part 2b: A Nantes resident notices a fire starting on the parked train and calls 911. Crews are dispatched and extinguish the fire. The train is left alone again to the quiet summer evening.
Part 3: The unmanned train very gradually begins to move down the 10km track. It picks up tremendous speed as it approaches downtown Lac-Mégantic.
Part 4: The high-speed train enters Lac-Mégantic, derails. Cars of crude oil EXPLODE causing immense devastation to the town’s centre.
Part 5: Friends and family of the victims along with citizens of Lac-Mégantic mourn. Some look to the future and the tranquility of their surroundings for healing and hope.



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