Year: 2007 | Grade: 4 – 5
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Cape Horn is situated at the southern point of South America, on the Chilean island ‘Isla Hornos’. For centuries, sailing around the horn was said to be one of he most dangerous passages for ships that wanted to sail from the Atlantic Ocean westwards to the Pacific Ocean. Tradition has it that Sir Francis Drake discovered Cape Horn in 1578 and the Dutch voyager Willem Cornelisz Schouten was the first to round it in 1616. It was the latter who named the promontory after his Dutch hometown Hoorn. It is estimated that over 800 ships and 10,000 men in total have sunk into the icy waters while attempting to circumnavigate the cape. The work Cape Horn – a solo for Horn and Piano – attempts to reflect the beauty, but also the perils of this region. It is a matter of great importance to the composer Otto M. Schwarz to write new solo repertoire. The tonal language of his main genre – film music – is as unmistakable as the experimental parts and catchy tunes.