Theodore Presser, Carl Fischer, Boelke-Bomart/Schott/Mobart, Songs of Peer, and Warner-Chappell are distributors for Katherine's music.
A short melodic piece, 'Aria' was written in 1982 as the middle movement of a Serenade for clarinet and string quartet. Its simplicity and lyricism have proved perfect for the cello.
Inspired in large part by the Grand Canyon of the American Southwest, Hoover envisioned an ancient time when natives first came across this geological wonder. For this vision, she sought to combine a Native flute with the modern silver flute, native music with “western” music, and bringing forth natural sounds through music notation. From Hoover's notes: “In my mind's eye I saw a band of native ancestors searching for a home, finding a canyon and moving in. In the third movement their calls echo across the canyon. There is a celebration, and the piece ends with dusk settling in, with chirps and murmurs, bats, and memories.
by Joanne Lazzaro and Dreamcatcher
Published by Jorazzal Music
Katherine Hoover: Canyon Shadows
Divertimento is, as its name implies, a light work, and one that was written with the enjoyment of the players much in mind. The musical sources are international - French, a touch of Russian, a bit of jazz. The fast section of the second movement has short "character" motifs for each instrument, which are sometimes played alone, sometimes mixed, rather like individual steps in an exuberant country dance.
by K. Hoover, W. Dobbs, M. K. Tryer, members of the Montclair String Quartet
Leonarda Classical Recordings CD LE349
Flute and Company, Flute Music by Katherine Hoover
by D. Gold, J. Zagst, R. Page, L. Feldman, A. Foot, The Alard String Quartet
Leonarda Productions LPI 105
Divertimento, Music for Flute and Strings
Thomas Warner, American Music
Deserves a welcome place not only in the flute repertoire, but also in the history of American music.
William Glackin, The Sacramento Bee
The Divertimento for flute and string trio, by Katherine Hoover, gives the firm, engaging impression of an interesting mind at work in a light-hearted way - a bit like Ravel in that vein, only a few steps beyond him in time, harmonically speaking. All of it was clear, easy to follow and worth following.
Nathaniel H. Sperber, Musical America
Hoover's Divertimento for flute quartet, a well-structured composition, is both tonal and atonal. The work is both light, flowing, and pleasant; it has fine forward movement and is accented by tone clusters and by the percussive knocks of the bow-frog on the belly of the violin.
Daniel Webster, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Katherine Hoover's Divertimento...is a work with tougher fiber, making the flute the leader of the quartet. Its tangy harmonic base gives the work an agreeable vigor.
Irene Brisson, Sonances
La Divertimento est rebondissant et possede la verve francais d'Ibert et des rythmes alla Bartok. Par son brio et son ecriture solide, il apporte a ce disque un brin de fantaisie et de virtuosite.
Hector Coda, La Nacion, Buenos Aires
El Divertimento para flautas y cuerdas de Katherine Hoover, es la obra de una compositora y una flautista talentosa, con una escritura instrumental fluida, de gran coherencia sonora y combinaciones armonicas y timbricas atrayentes, cuyo sesgo impresionista fue asumido con propiedad por los interpretes.
This piece has to do with the way various images - or themes - are changed in the process of thinking. The first movement is concerned with two very distinct ideas that eventually interact and affect each other. The second movement is a set of six variations on a somewhat somber American colonial hymn, "God of my Justice". Each of the variations relates back to the original theme rather than to each other, as is traditional. The third movement begins with similar themes which diverge and eventually agree to a separation. It also contains hints of a Gershwin tune that reveals itself at the very end.
by The Verdehr Trio
Leonarda CD LE-326
The Verdehr Trio
I chose to write a substantial piece with more emphasis on melody than much of the music being written at that time, hence the name. The long first movement has two main ideas; one energetic and rhythmic, the other lyric. Most of the movement concerns the interweaving of these ideas, with two dream-like interpolations. The second movement is a melodious serenade. Each instrument has its own solo to sing, and then these are brought together toward the end of the movement. The third is a perpetual motion with overtones of jazz, odd sounds, and references to the first movement.
by the Huntingdon Trio
Leonarda CD LE-325 or Cassette LE-325CS
by the Meininger Trio
NCA label, co-produced by DeutschlandRadio LC 05057 CD Meininger Trio
Michael Redmond, The Star Ledger (Newark)
Katherine Hoover is a leading contemporary composer by anyone's definition, and her Lyric Trio is a particularly attractive example of her work. This well-crafted trio, apparently inspired by the neo-classical tradition, is as remarkable for its accessibility as for its gracious solo writing.
Gabriel Faure was born May 12, 1845, Pamiers, Ariege, France and died Nov. 4, 1924 in Paris.
My two short preludes are self-explanatory:Uptown(Flute and Marimba)is energetic and up-tempo, andOut of Town(Flute and Vibraphone)is pastoral, were commissioned by Lawler and Fadoul.
by Lawler and Fadoul