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

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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


Into the Night

A contemporary nocturne by Jeffrey Hoover, Into the Night describes the shift of light to darkness late in the evening. Set in a three-part form, the music possesses a broad, lyrical melody and significant melodic and harmonic chromaticism.

The Light of copper, warm and brilliant,
becomes dull as old bronze,
fading into the deepest violet.
The resonant sound of fragrant wood rings clear.
Still warm, I rise and move quietly into the night.

–Jeffrey Hoover

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Into the Night
acrylic and pastel on paper – 30″W x 24″H

Soloist and Marimba (or piano)
Judith Saxton, flugelhorn & Trumpet, Roger Bobo, Marimba


First Portrait of Carlos

First Portrait of Carlos by Jeffrey Hoover is for soloist (trumpet/flugelhorn or soprano saxophone are recommended), electroacoustic music, and painting (all created by the composer/artist). It is a work of contrasts, representing living life within nature and living life within an urban environment. An exotic work tracing two aspects of life for Carlos, the work presents sculptural characteristics of natural sounds, synthetic textures, and contrasting styles and musical ideas form the substance of the music. The acoustical and musical aspects of the work are parallel to the visual elements of the painting.

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First Portrait of Carlos
pastel and acrylic on paper – 30″W x 24″H

soloist, electroacoustic music, and painting