Project Dovetail

Frank Horvat has carved a niche for himself among today’s composers, wearing his fragile heart on his sleeve…
Robert Rowat, CBC Music Fall Album Guide

  1. Parents' Expectations Elizabeth Reid (viola) 10:21
  2. Alchemist's Brew Kathryn Ladano (bass clarinet), Frank Horvat (electric organ) 06:16
  3. A Secret Streamlet Edwin Huizinga (violin), Frank Horvat (piano) 08:06
  4. Lorna's Metamorphosis TorQ Percussion Quartet, Frank Horvat (piano) 10:38
  5. The Sad Life of Laure Beauséjour: I. Taken Away From Parents Elixir Baroque Ensemble 04:12
  6. The Sad Life of Laure Beauséjour: II. Life in the Salpêtrière Elixir Baroque Ensemble 01:59
  7. The Sad Life of Laure Beauséjour: III. Boat to the New World Elixir Baroque Ensemble 03:24
  8. The Sad Life of Laure Beauséjour: IV. First Winter in New France...Alone Elixir Baroque Ensemble 04:33
  9. Ode to the Evil Patty Hewes: I. Ruthless – II. Master Manipulator Edwin Huizinga (violin), Frank Horvat (piano) 08:52
  10. Ode to the Evil Patty Hewes: III. Brilliant Edwin Huizinga (violin), Frank Horvat (piano) 05:33
  11. Hi, My Name is Pecker. TorQ Percussion Quartet 04:22


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dove⎮tail / ˈdʌv.teɪl / verb
To join or closely fit together harmoniously

Project Dovetail marks composer Frank Horvat’s final release in a trilogy that covers the epic year that has been. This latest emotionally fervent album, featuring some of Canada’s top chamber musicians, showcases the continued importance of art in our world.

Art inspires and opens minds to new ideas. Frank Horvat has taken the art that inspires him and dovetailed it into music. Enchanted by Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, moved by political activist Vaclav Havel’s writings, and amused by director John Waters’ ‘hero’ Pecker, the music in this playlist-like album, of varied instrumentation, engages, stimulates, and entertains.
“They’ve created works that have impacted me. I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce others to these inspirations by dovetailing our art forms together,” – Frank Horvat.
This album celebrates the work of two Canadian artists, who are masters in their respective fields – one, the best-selling author Suzanne Desrochers; the other, master printmaker Lorna Livey. Lorna’s Metamorphosis offers a fascinating insight into the life of an artist.


Through Frank’s musical interpretation of my novel, I was able to gain a whole new insight into the life of my characters…
      – Suzanne Desrochers, novelist Bride of New France

Horvat has accurately scored the rhythms of her voice [in Lorna’s Metamorphosis] and then composed a dynamic instrumental counterpoint to it…
      – Andrew Timar, WholeNote Magazine

Recording funded in part thanks to generous support from:

Recording funded in part thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts

Recording funded in part thanks to FACTOR

Project Dovetail - composed by Frank Horvat


Contemporary Classical Chamber


Frank Horvat (piano), Edwin Huizinga (violin), Kathryn Ladano (bass clarinet), Elizabeth Reid (viola), TorQ Percussion Quartet (Richard Burrows, Adam Campbell, Jamie Drake, Daniel Morphy), Elixir Baroque Ensemble (Sara-Anne Churchill, Felix Deak, Valerie Gordon, Michelle Odorico)

Composed and Produced By

Frank Horvat

Recorded At

The Canterbury Music Co. by Jeremy Darby, Jan – Nov 2020

Mastered By

Dennis Patterson

Cover Photo


Release Date

22 October 2021

A Secret Streamlet, a haunting duo for violin and piano; and Lorna’s Metamorphosis, a brilliant fusion of spoken word and percussion. – Robert Rowat,
CBC Albums You Need To Hear

Project Dovetail has an intriguing synesthetic twist. Horvat has taken the art and artists that have inspired him and “dovetailed” aspects of them into his music.
– Andrew Timar, WholeNote Magazine

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