2020 – for string quartet – 2:00
- Unity in Distress (midi demo) Frank Horvat 01:58
World Premiere: Oct 2, 2021, Forest Grove United Church, Toronto
Oct 12, 2021, Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, Toronto
I composed this piece in the Spring of 2020 when much of the world was at the apex of a shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a tragedy that many people became ill or died. Equally tragic were the experiences of so many who faced mental anguish from having to be alone, losing loved ones and losing their livelihoods. Throughout these times, I saw the world united by many of the same emotions. What is terribly ironic is that so many people battled the identical mental challenges but they were each doing it in isolation. Having the 4 string quartet instruments play closely in unison in an ultra-passionate manner is dedicated to giving all those who suffered a united voice to express their distress.
– Frank Horvat
photo by Jr Korpa