Music for Self-Isolation

2020 – various solos and duos – 2:00 minutes each

As a composer, I felt helpless at home during this COVID-19 pandemic. Then I thought, I could at least provide my musical friends with new compositions while they are spending time in self-isolation. So since late March, I composed 31 new short pieces of music for an unaccompanied solo instrument or voice, or for a duo of musicians self-isolating together.

With the cancellation of all performances, COVID-19 has adversely impacted the world’s music community. This project is my attempt to raise the spirits of fellow musicians as they continue to traverse through uncertain times. We might be self-isolating but we are never alone…we have music!

  1. CBC Radio's Fresh Air segment by Errol Nazareth on Music for Self-Isolation Frank Horvat, Bones Lam, Gordon Fantini 6:38

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I am a musician and I want to participate…what do I do?

1. Find your instrument from the list at the bottom of the page.
2. Download the sheet music.
3. Practice.
4. Post a video sharing your performance.
(please message me and tag Frank Horvat and use the hashtags
#IsolationMusic & #StayAtHomeChallenge)


















(Sharlene Wallace performs Music for Self-Isolation – Harp & Accordion (watch 2:30 & 33:40)

Music for Self-Isolation by Frank Horvat

Music for Self-Isolation

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to the musicians’
InstrumentScoreMidi demoDate Posted
AccordionPDFMP3May 2, 2020
BassoonPDFMP3April 9, 2020
CelloPDFMP3April 1, 2020
Clarinet (Bass)PDFMP3April 6, 2020
Clarinet (Bb)PDFMP3March 31, 2020
Double BassPDFMP3April 25, 2020
FlutePDFMP3March 25, 2020
French HornPDFMP3April 23, 2020
Guitar (classical)PDFMP3April 18, 2020
Guitar (electric)PDFMP3April 30, 2020
HarpPDFMP3May 1, 2020
MarimbaPDF (4.3 oct)
PDF (4 oct)
MP3April 11, 2020
OboePDFMP3April 24, 2020
Piano (adv)PDFMP3March 29, 2020
Piano (easy/int)PDFMP3March 28, 2020
Piano DuetPDFMP3April 16, 2020
Saxophone (alto or tenor)PDFMP3 (alto) | MP3 (tenor)April 29, 2020
String Duo (violin-viola)PDFMP3April 3, 2020
String Duo 2 (violin-cello)PDFMP3April 15, 2020
TrombonePDFMP3April 8, 2020
TrumpetPDF (C)
PDF (Bb)
MP3April 4, 2020
TubaPDFMP3April 22, 2020
VibraphonePDFMP3April 10, 2020
ViolaPDFMP3April 5, 2020
ViolinPDFMP3March 26, 2020
Violin (bonus)PDFMP3May 3, 2020
Voice (a cappella)CMaj Score (mp3)  |  DMaj Score (mp3)  |  FMaj Score (mp3)  |  GMaj Score (mp3)March 27, 2020
Voice 2 (a cappella)AMaj Score (mp3)  |  CMaj Score (mp3)  |  DMaj Score (mp3)  |  FMaj Score (mp3)March 30, 2020
Voice 3 (with guitar)PDFMP3
MP3 – guitar only (right-clicked to download)
April 2, 2020
Voice 4 (with piano)PDFMP3
MP3 – piano only (right-clicked to download)
April 7, 2020
Voice 5 (duet a cappella)AMaj Score (mp3)  |  CMaj Score (mp3)  |  DMaj Score (mp3)April 17, 2020

Have questions about interpretation? Vocalists, need another key? Email me.

Want to commission me to write for your unique combination of instruments? Email Lisa to find out more.

Music for Self-Isolation by Frank Horvat

Song Talk Radio interview with Frank Horvat about Music for Self-Isolation

Many thanks to all the performers who shared their talent: Simon-Philippe Allard, Diane Amari, Allison Cecilia Arends, Francesca Arnone, Alexey Aslamas, Dan Austin, David Ballesteros, Lucia Barcari, Dave Battler, Tara Baxendale, Lynn Bechtold, Lineke Boekhoud, Jonathan Borja, Isabelle Briner, Müge Büyükçelen, Alde Calongcagong, Juancar Cantera Herran, Katherine Carleton, Lynette Carveth, Alex Cheung, Tamara Coenradi, Tan Cong, Jessica Costa, Jeanne Côté, Brent Crawford, Austin Crumrine, Garth Cummings, Dorothy Deen, Olivia De Prato, Tania DeVizia-Berdosh, Antonia De Wolfe, Al Di Cicco, Štěpán Drtina, Diede Duijghuisen, Gulen Ege, Jorge Luis Espinoza Rodriguez, Gordon Fantini, Ethan Filner, Chris Fischer, Meg Freer, María Teresa G-Barrajón, Katja Gillmore, Charlotte Goode, Jeroen Goossens, Donna Hangen, Marie Hasoñová, Josh Henderson, Petr Holman, Andrew J. Hosler, Stephen Johnson-Tseu, Sharon Johnston, Clara Kim, Milica Knezevic, Simone Kouwenberg, Slavko Kovacic, Vlado Kreslin, Dave Kutz, Roderick Labrador, Kathryn Ladano, Bones Lam, Megan Lanz, Christopher Lee, Inge Leenen, Kevin Leung, John Lewitt, Tawnee Lynn Lillo, A. Lish Lindsey, Victor Lowrie Tafoya, Chris MacDonnell, Scott MacInnes, Sebastien Malette, Christian Martínez Kempin, Joanne Mary, Beverley McKiver, William McLeish, Gregory Millar, Neel Modi, Nicola Mogavero, Jay Moonah, Richard Moore, Diane Murray-Charrett, Laura Nerenberg, Monik Nordine, Andrew Noseworthy, Rik Noyce, Javier Oviedo, Sergio Pallottelli, William Palmer, Kirsti Petraborg, Anthony Rapoport, Lisa Raposa, Elizabeth Reid, Jeff Reilly, Stephen Robb, Iris Rodrigues, Karina Rombouts, Katarzyna Sadej, Saint John String Quartet, Paul Sanvidotti, Philippe Schartz, Grace Scheele, Juan Jesús Silguero Gorriti, Penelope Smith, Dale Sorensen, Reid Spencer, Chantal Spierings, Isabella Stabio, Mariette Stephenson, Richard Stoelzel, Peter Stoll, Lisa Tahara, Ralitsa Tcholakova, Michael Thompson, Simon Tong, Jennifer Tran, Wouter van Breugel, Angelina Van Dyke, Juliette Vervuurt, Monique Verwoerd, Jan Volkers, Sharlene Wallace, Dana Walmsley, Andras Weber, Ann Westall, Joann Whang, Karen Wierzba, Larry Williams, Jacob Wolf, Lauren Woods, Meganne Woronchak, Tristan Zaba, Barbara Zalaznik Matos