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Golden

Golden exists as a musical composition, a painting, and a poem. Created by Jeffrey Hoover, Golden is an example of his work where an idea is presented in multiple artforms simultaneously. As the composer, the painter, and the poet, Hoover is able to use the elements and principles of the separate works and the audience’s response to bring these works together.

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

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Golden

Aureus. Glowing.
With affinity, warm and healing,
Prized as the Light of the Sun,
A pale reflection of infinite Good.

Impervious, dense, and yet translucent…
It is the object of an Alchemy and the perfect Ring of the Universe.
“Who dares to speak of its age?” roars the Lion of the Stars!
“Who dares to debase it through greed?”
“Has Man not learned his lesson?”

The un-tarnished visage of a King,
Three millennia past…
The un-corroded face of a Pioneer,
Three decades forward…
Both, now in silence, wait for the moment.

It was, it is, and it shall be a mystery:
How the Heart, pure and balanced,
keeps all things alive
and brings those past back to life,
through Love Eternal.

-Jeffrey Hoover

This performance is by Rebecca Jeffreys, alto flute, and Molly Lozeau, piano. Contacting the artists: Rebecca Jeffreys – rjeffreys@charter.net, Molly Lozeau – Mollylozeau@gmail.com.

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Image of Scandal

The Image of Scandal possesses extraordinary power. It is duplicitous, often born of deceit. It can change lives for the worse. And like a fog, it obscures what is there – the truth. It is to be avoided at all cost.

Orchestra and digital print.

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When Armenian Butterflies Dream

When Armenian Butterflies Dream

for soloist and painting

When Armenian Butterflies Dream is inspired by the musical elements and colors of Armenian sacred chant.  It also combines the spiritual symbolism of the butterfly, and its transformation and emergence as a full adult.  A digital painting When Armenian Butterflies Dream, by the composer, also exists.

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Galileo

A controversial figure in his time, Galileo Galilei’s astronomical observations and publications placed him in conflict with the Church, especially through his advocacy for heliocentrism, where the Earth and other planets revolved around the Sun. A very broadly educated and fluent scientist, Galileo made significant contributions to understanding the universe through astronomy, physics, and mathematics. Significant among Galileo’s numerous writings, Sidereus Nuncius (Starry Messenger) was the first scientific publication of telescopic observations. The work Galileo combines electroacoustic music with an original videopainting by the composer, and was inspired by Sidereus Nuncius, based on telescopic images and sound originating in electromagnetic phenomena from Earth and space.

Galileo – for electroacoustic music and videopainting.

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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


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