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The Cape

Soloist (trumpet or soprano saxophone) and Orchestra (or band or jazz quintet). Painting 30″ wide x 24″ tall. Pastel and acrylic on paper.

The Cape is about place and emotional atmosphere, a composition that takes the listener to a shore where one can feel the wind and the musk of water while standing firmly on dry land.

As a functional music composition, The Cape is a work in which the Jazz and Classical music worlds are one. A concerto in a single movement, The Cape follows many classical conventions, screened through a filter of jazz practices. The lead solo part is interchangeable, and may be played on the trumpet, the flugelhorn, or the soprano saxophone. From the start of the work, the soloist “owns” the melody, with the orchestra following. Rather than possessing two distinct themes, The Cape has one melody that is presented and transformed throughout the work, much in the same way a melody evolves in a jazz performance. The soloist’s cadenza is accompanied by the drum set, not heard totally on its own. In these ways and others, the work is taken on its own terms, rather than fitting exclusively into jazz or classical idioms.

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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