Music for Self-Isolation

2020 – suite of solos and duos for various instruments and voice – 2:00 minutes each

As a composer, I was feeling helpless at home during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, I realized I could at least provide my musical friends with new compositions while they were spending time in self-isolation. So in the Spring of 2020, 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, and the community at large, as we continue to traverse through uncertain times. We might be self-isolating but we are never alone…we have music.

– Frank Horvat


Album: Music for Self-Isolation
Date: April 9, 2021
Musician(s): Amahl Arulanandam (cello), Tara Baxendale (voice), John Campbell (voice), Theodore Chan (double bass), Tanya Charles Iveniuk (violin), Brent Crawford (classical guitar), Kristin Day (bassoon), Michael Fedyshyn (trumpet), Vanessa Fralick (trombone), Audrey Good (horn), Meredith Hall (voice), Frank Horvat (piano), Kathryn Ladano (bass clarinet), Christopher Lee (flute), Richard Moore (marimba, vibraphone), Andrew Noseworthy (electric guitar), Joseph Petric (accordion), Anthony Rapoport (viola), Aleh Remezau (oboe), Iris Rodrigues (voice), Jennifer Stephen (tuba), Peter Stoll (clarinet), Lisa Tahara (piano), Jennifer Tran (saxophone), Sharlene Wallace (harp)
Composer & Producer: Frank Horvat
Audio Engineer: Dennis Patterson
Location: Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto
Label: Centrediscs

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

1. Find your instrument or voice at the bottom of this page.
2. Download the sheet music…it’s FREE!
3. Practice.
4. Post a video sharing your performance.
(Message and tag Frank Horvat and use the hashtags
#IsolationMusic & #StayAtHomeChallenge)

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

If you are enjoying this project, please consider making a donation to the Unison Benevolent Fund
InstrumentScoreAlbum RecordingDate 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
Guitar (classical)PDFMP3April 18, 2020
Guitar (electric)PDFMP3April 30, 2020
HarpPDFMP3May 1, 2020
HornPDFMP3April 23, 2020
MarimbaPDF (4.3 oct)
PDF (4 oct)
MP3April 11, 2020
OboePDFMP3April 24, 2020
PianoPDFMP3March 28, 2020
Piano 2PDFMP3March 29, 2020
Piano 3 (duet)PDFMP3April 16, 2020
Saxophone (alto or tenor)PDFMP3April 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
Viola*PDFMP3April 5, 2020
Violin*PDFMP3March 26, 2020
Violin 2PDFMP3May 3, 2020
Voice (a cappella)CMaj Score  |  DMaj Score  |  FMaj Score  |  GMaj ScoreMP3March 27, 2020
Voice 2 (a cappella)AMaj Score  |  CMaj Score  |  DMaj Score  |  FMaj ScoreMP3March 30, 2020
Voice 3 (with guitar)PDFMP3
April 2, 2020
Voice 4 (with piano)CMaj Score  |  DMaj Score MP3April 7, 2020
Voice 5 (duet)AMaj Score  |  CMaj Score  |  DMaj Score MP3April 17, 2020

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

*Pieces included in ACNMP’s Contemporary Showcase Syllabus

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

Many thanks to all the performers who shared their talent: Simon-Philippe Allard, Diane Amari, Allison Cecilia Arends, Francesca Arnone, Amahl Arulanandam, 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, Ivana Cikić, Tamara Coenradi, Tan Cong, Jessica Costa, Jeanne Côté, Brent Crawford, Austin Crumrine, Garth Cummings, Kristin Day, Dorothy Deen, Olivia De Prato, Tania DeVizia-Berdosh, Antonia De Wolfe, Al Di Cicco, Emily Ding, Štěpán Drtina, Diede Duijghuisen, Gulen Ege, Jorge Luis Espinoza Rodriguez, Gordon Fantini, Ethan Filner, Chris Fischer, Meg Freer, Danie Friesen, María Teresa G-Barrajón, Katja Gillmore, Charlotte Goode, Jeroen Goossens, Donna Hangen, Claire Harris, Marie Hasoñová, Josh Henderson, Petr Holman, Andrew J. Hosler, Cate Hummel, Stephen Johnson-Tseu, Sharon Johnston, Clara Kim, Milica Knezevic, Simone Kouwenberg, Slavko Kovacic, Vlado Kreslin, Karla Križanić, Dave Kutz, Roderick Labrador, Kathryn Ladano, Bones Lam, Megan Lanz, Jan Le Clair, Christopher Lee, Inge Leenen, Ann Lemke, Kevin Leung, John Lewitt, Tawnee Lynn Lillo, A. Lish Lindsey, Victor Lowrie Tafoya, Fan Lü, Christine MacDonnell, Scott MacInnes, Sebastien Malette, Christian Martínez Kempin, Joanne Mary, Michael McKenzie, Beverley McKiver, William McLeish, Gregory Millar, Neel Modi, Nicola Mogavero, Erin Moon-Kelly, Jay Moonah, Richard Moore, Diane Murray-Charrett, Lisa Nelsen, Laura Nerenberg, Monik Nordine, Andrew Noseworthy, Rik Noyce, Javier Oviedo, Sergio Pallottelli, William Palmer, Kirsti Petraborg, Anthony Rapoport, Lisa Raposa, Elizabeth Reid, Jeff Reilly, Aleh Remezau, Elisabeth Remy Johnson, 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, Patricia Surman, Lisa Tahara, Ralitsa Tcholakova, Michael Thompson, Simon Tong, Zulibeth Torres, Jennifer Tran, Wouter van Breugel, Angelina Van Dyke, Juliette Vervuurt, Monique Verwoerd, Jan Volkers, Emma Vachon, Sharlene Wallace, Dana Walmsley, Andras Weber, Ann Westall, Joann Whang, Karen Wierzba, Larry Williams, Jacob Wolf, Tracy K. Woodard, Lauren Woods, Meganne Woronchak, Tristan Zaba, Barbara Zalaznik Matos