Solitude was completed in April of 2005. The piece was written during a difficult time in my life and was a means of dealing with this time in a productive manner. What started off as a short eight-measure release of tension took on a life of its own and became the piece you see here. The musical influence for this piece comes from a varied palette. The introduction comes from a composition exercise I did for my teacher when I was in high school. It was the beginning sketches of a piece for band that I never completed. I really liked the introduction and it seemed so appropriate for what I was feeling at the time. The following piece runs the gamut of musical ideas with the main influences coming from Eric Whitacre, Björk, samba, and Evanescence. What I wanted to reflect in the piece is the hodgepodge of emotions that were going through my head at the time of my personal sadness. There are moments of anger, sadness, confusion, and reflection in this piece all presented in an almost stream-of-consciousness type of manner as often emotions present themselves during trying times.
Lewis Johnson was born in Washington D.C. on July 10, 1977. He began his early musical training on violin when he was six years old. At the age of 8, he was introduced to the horn via the D.C. Youth Orchestra Program and has played horn ever since. Lewis received his BM in performance from Florida State University in 2001 and is currently pursuing a BME from F.S.U. as well. Lewis has studied horn with Kurt Snyder, William Capps, William Penn, Michelle Stebleton and David Cripps. His composition and arranging studies have been with Maria Rodriguez.