Monthly Archives: November 2013

September

September has always been a month of change and transition – a time when nature embraces both summer and fall, and life unfolds in new ways for individuals and society. The music of September, by Jeffrey Hoover, is set in two related and contrasting sections: music of thoughtful reflection and music of engaging the present. The sound and music of September posses an autumnal quality spanning the psychological and emotional gap between the sound of memories and the music of now. The painting which represents this music may be read from left to right.

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September
pastel and acrylic on paper – 30″W x 24″H

Soloist, electroacoustic music, and painting
Michael Dean, clarinetist

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A House of Glass and Dreams

A House of Glass and Dreams is based on a dream the composer, Jeffrey Hoover, had in 1993. In this dream, the composer spoke with the spirit of his deceased great grandmother, who was sitting inside a glass house. One striking aspect of the dream was the quality of the structure and framing of this transparent building, and how solid it appeared, in spite of its transparency. Heightening the dreamlike quality of the music, both sampled and created sounds and textures are used.

In addition to the fixed electronic media version for the music, there is also an acoustic version of this work for violin, clarinet, cello, and piano. The music for this work was created in 1996, three years after the dream. Sketches previously existed for the painting, and the painting was realized in 2013.

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A House of Glass and Dreams
acrylic and pastel on paper – 30″W x 24″H

electroacoustic music and painting


An American Toccata

Set in a three-part form, An American Toccata opens with rapid , five-note ideas of the first section gives way to the rhythmic patterns of the second section. In the second section, a slower, more self-reflective melody is heard, harmonized by tall chords. An American Toccata is rounded out by a return to the flowing five-note patterns heard in the first section. The asymmetrical phrases, changing meters, syncopation, and jazz-like harmonies all contribute to the distinctive American sound of the composition.

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An American Toccata
acrylic and pastel on paper 30″H x 24″W

piano and painting


Séance – И.С.

It is said that when Igor Stravinsky – composer of the 20th century monumental work The Rite of Spring – was asked what he thought of electronic music concerts, he replied saying they were a bit like a séance, with disembodied voices and sounds that could not be explained. Séance – И.С. for soloist, fixed electroacoustic music, and painting, is a representation of what a séance might be like, complete with an otherworldly manifestation of Stravinsky. The pre-recorded music and painting were both created by Jeffrey Hoover.

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Séance – И.С.
acrylic and pastel on paper – 24″W x 30″H

soloist, electroacoustic music, and painting


Ancient Battle

Filmscore I – Ancient Battle

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Filmscore I – Ancient Battle
diptych – acrylic, pastel, and charcoal on canvas – 32″H x 54″W

for wind ensemble or orchestra