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Diana’s Dream opus 76 nr. 5 horn solo

By Marius Flothuis

Chamber music
Horn (h)
3 minutes
location of manuscript archive registration number 351/070-4
published score
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Program note: This piece was composed for the horn player Julia M. Studebaker, on the occasion of the birth of her daughter, Madeleine Diana.
Diana was the Roman goddess of the hunting; the French horn is “the” instrument of hunting. 
The composition starts with an evocation of hunting motifs; in the bars 13-14 a bridge was made between past and present. This chromatic motif ends in a twelve tone-melody with three variations. The hunting motifs starts again, but as in a dream. - MARIUS FLOTHUIS


About Marius Flothuis

Marius Flothuis

Marius Flothuis led an eventful life. Early on, he was politically aware and left-wing orientated. He lost his job at the Concertgebouw Orchestra on his refusal to register with the Kultuurkamer, a regulatory cultural agency installed by the German occupying forces during World War II. He was arrested for his resistance work, imprisoned in Camp Vught and deported to Sachsenhausen in 1944. Meanwhile, he continued composing and survived the hardships. In the postwar Dutch and international music worlds he held numerous positions.

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