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Karen Tanaka

Publisher: Chester Music

Frozen Horizon (1998)
Commissioned by MIRKK Art Forum
Chester Music Ltd
Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
Year Composed
9 Minutes
Programme Note
Karen Tanaka Frozen Horizon (1998)
The idea of 'Frozen Horizon' is based on the landscape of Harstad, the city on one of the fjord islands in northern Norway which I visited for the Ilios Festival in January 1997. Extreme climate conditions prevail during the winter, when darkness lasts all day without any sunlight. One can see northern lights like hallucinations. Beyond the icy earth's surface, the frozen sea spreads towards a curved boundary line between the sea and the dark sky. Time passes slowly there.

'Frozen Horizon' was composed based on my memories of this extreme landscape.

This work was commissioned by the Mirkk Art Forum. It was first performed by the BIT20 Ensemble conducted by Ingar Bergby, at the Bergen International Festival in Norway, on 22nd May 1998.

© Karen Tanaka

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  • Large Ensemble (7 or more players):
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    Sydney, Australia
    Sydney Conservatoire of Music, Modern Music Ensemble
  • 12 DEC 2014
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  • 19 APR 2012
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    Other Dates:
    20 April - Bergen, Norway
  • 01 OCT 2011
    Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
    Bard Conservatory Orchestra
  • 15 DEC 2010
    Victoria Rooms, Bristol, UK
    Bristol University Students
  • 17 JUL 2010
    Helsinki, Finland
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  • 18 MAY 2010
    Cincinnati, OH
    UC College Conservatory of Music
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  • 18 MAY 2010
    Cincinnati, OH
    UC College Conservatory of Music
    Annunziata Tomaro, conductor
  • 20 NOV 2009
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    Banff Centre
    Joel Sachs, conductor
  • 07 JUN 2009
    New York, NY
    Juilliard School of Music
    Joel Sachs, conductor
  • 07 JUN 2009
    Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan
    New Juillard Ensemble
    Joel Sachs, conductor
  • 07 JUN 2009
    Tokyo, Japan
    The Juilliard School of Music Orchestra Tour
    Joel Sachs, conductor
  • 16 FEB 2007
    New York University, New York, USA
    Azure Ensemble
    Susan Glaser, conductor
  • 02 OCT 2005
    Oslo Contemporary Music Festival - 'Ultima'
    Oslo University
    BIT20 Ensemble
  • 17 APR 2005
    University of Michigan School of Music
    Contemporary Directions Ensemble
  • 16 SEP 2003
    Bergen, Norway
    BIT20 Ensemble
    Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor

    Other Dates:
    20 September - Bolzano, Italy
  • 11 MAR 2003
    University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
    Jeremy Haladyna, conductor
  • 13 APR 2002
    The University of Michigan, USA
    Contemporary Directions Ensemble
    Jonathan Shames, conductor
  • 12 JAN 2002
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    Present Music
    Kevin Stalheim, conductor
  • 19 MAY 2001
    Frozen Horizon Country Premiere
    Fusion: West to East: East to West
    Seattle, Washington
    Seattle Symphony Orchestra
    Alastair Willis, conductor

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