Also titled Andante and Allegro. Medium student level, teaching materials.
At the Piano
Not a Waltz
Instructional, early/intermediate pieces for piano.
by David Perry, Suzanne Beia, Wisconsin Philomusica, and Vartan Manoogian.
Parnassus PACD 96019, Night Skies: Orchestral Music of Katherine Hoover.
4 varied dances woven together. Premiered by Marian Conti.
After writing numerous short works for piano I decided to structure a longer piece by weaving together several dance-like sections: slow and sensuous, playful, lyric, and fast and intense, each with a distinct sense of rhythmic movement.
- K. Hoover.
by Mirian Conti.
Parnassus CD, Katherine Hoover Piano Works.
by Mary Kathleen Ernst.
Innova Recordings #868, Katherine Hoover Dream Dances from Keeping Time.
Parnassus CD, Katherine Hoover Piano Works, Line Drawings.
Passacaglia and Romp
Commissioned by Pianofest and premiered 2009
Hoover’s Toccata for piano is distinctly American, with chords and rhythms influenced by jazz and popular sources. This work also features shifting rhythms and short references to musical ancestors in its middle section, according to the composer. For advanced players.
Pieces for Piano
A group of seven pieces, from the abstract "Dream" to the virtuosic "Chase" to the light game-like "3+3". From medium to difficult. This work has also been known as "Piano Book".
The pieces in this collection were written over a period of several years, and have been performed in many different groupings.
Three + Three is a 'game' piece, based on a pattern of three quarter notes followed by three eighth notes. This pattern is subjected to a variety of melodies, modifications, and indignities but it emerges intact. Forest Bird evokes a single voice calling from a shadowy setting. Dream brings together seemingly unrelated sounds, which eventually merge as events do in dreams. Chase was inspired by that most American of obsessions: the movie car chase. Lament is a very spare evocation of desolation and loss. Allegro molto combines speed, syncopation, and whimsy. There are touches of jazz, as in much of my work. Poem was written as a small present for a sad friend.
- K. Hoover.
Parnassus CD, Katherine Hoover Piano Works, Preludes for Piano.
The first performance of 'Thin Ice' was given on April 14, 2010, by Gloria Chuang in the recital at the Hong Kong Institute of Education in Hong Kong. Four days later, on April 18, 2010, the American premiere was given by Mirion Conti at St. Peter's Church in New York City.
I began this piece with a certain feeling we all know, fear that we will tumble into the freezing dark, into truly hostile territory. Then I decided to preface this music with material that would lead to such dark thoughts.
As I continued, I realize that thin ice is also linked with possibility. With taking a chance, stepping into the unknown, considering what may be disdained or even shocking to others, personally or professionally - and going ahead.
- K. Hoover.
The term Toccata comes from the Italian word for touch. Five hundred years ago it had several musical uses: a suite, a fantasia, or a driving rhythm piece. Sometime in the 19th century it settled into the form we know today; a single movement to work with repeated patterns and strong forward motion.
This toccata is distinctly American, with cords and rhythms influenced by jazz and popular sources. There are also shifting rhythms and short references to musical ancestors in the middle of the section.