Notes from the Composer:
This work is loosely based on the book "Lost Horizon" by JamesHilton, a book I have enjoyed for many years. In the story, setduring the second world war, 4 main characters are fleeing theadvancing Japanese army by taking an airplane leaving fromBaskul, somewhere in India. The plane is hijacked by a mysteriousperson and crash lands in the Himalayas. The passengers findthemselves to be the guests of a monastery in the valley of theBlue Moon (Karakal), a place of incredible beauty. The deepsolitude and knowledge of the ages hoarded by the monks isreflected in the third movement. Near the end of the story,despite pleas from the head monk to stay, the passengers fleethe valley just before a big storm hits. In the book, the storm isalso a metaphor for the destruction of mankind in a future war,which is what the monks are preparing for by hoarding vastcollections of books and scientific volumes.This work was premiered in the fall of 2002 by Mark Portolese,Carolyn Franz, Johanna Wiesbrock, and Ed Stevens.The duration of this piece is approximately 7 minutes.
Vendt, Daniel, "Lost Horizons" (2002). Compositions. 34.
Since May 11, 2011