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Flute Ensemble






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Three for Eight

  • Opus 50
  • Composed 1996
  • Premiered 1996
  • Duration 8-9'

Instrumentation:

  • Flute/Piccolo, 6 C Flutes, Alto Flute

Movements:

  1. Dunes
  2. Sandpipers
  3. Kites

Notes:

  • Commissioned by the New York and Long Island Flute Clubs; Premiered at the National Flute Association Convention, NYC August 1996.

  • Three for Eight was written for my friends and fellow flutists in the New York and Long Island Flute Clubs. Much of this piece was written during a blizzard, which may account for its obsession with summer at the beach. The first movement, Dunes, is about the slow shifting of shapes (colors, harmonies) that one sees in sand and clouds. Sandpipers draws its motion from the quirky scurrying of bunches of these little birds as they chase the waves up and down the beach. Kites sail with great freedom by the ocean, gliding gracefully, then darting and diving with sudden gusts.
    - K. Hoover.
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Kyrie

  • Opus 55
  • Composed 1998
  • Duration 8'

Instrumentation:

  • 12 Flutes

Notes:

  • Commissioned and premiered by the Tucson Flute Club for the National Flute Association Convention in Phoenix, AZ August 1998.

  • Kyrie is a series of free variations on Kyrie fons bonitatis, as found in the Liber Usualis, an official Catholic book of chant based on historical sources. 'Kyrie eleison' is Greek for 'Lord, have mercy upon us' and serves as the first section of a mass.

    The sound of several flutes playing unison Gregorian chant very softly has haunted me since I first heard it some years ago. When I was commissioned by the Tucson Flute Club this beautiful sound came to mind, and it led me to write this piece. The Kyrie fons bonitatis has an unusual form, with a two-part refrain. This refrain echos throughout my piece, and, after wandering far afield, brings it to a quiet close.

    - K. Hoover.
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Celebration for Flute Ensemble

  • Composed 2001
  • Duration 6'
  • Flute Ensemble

Notes:

  • 'Celebration' is a short piece in six parts, written to celebrate Joseph Mariano's 90th birthday.

  • It incorporates short quotes from famous flute pieces. Composing Celebration, I have quoted some of the pieces that I studied under Joseph's tutelage, as well as others that have become part of our heritage as flutists.
    - K. Hoover.
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Mariposas for Flute Orchestra

  • Composed 2001
  • Duration 8'

Instrumentation: Flute Orchestra, 4 solo flutes and ensemble of 12 or more flutes.

  • Solo Flute, with Piccolo
  • Solo Flute
  • Solo Flute, with Piccolo
  • Solo Flute
  • Orchestra Flutes, 2 players with Piccolo
  • Orchestra Flutes
  • Orchestra Flutes
  • Orchestra Flutes
  • Orchestra Flutes
  • Alto Flutes

Notes:

  • Mariposas is the Spanish word for butterflies. The piece loosely follows stages of a butterflies short and glorious existence‚Ķ from cuckoo to larvae to free flight; hovering, swooping, floating. It was written for Pamela Youngblood, the Texas Woman's University, and requires for the 2001 National Flute Convention in Dallas, Texas..
    - K. Hoover.
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Concertante "Dragon Court"

  • Composed 2005, 2006
  • Duration 8'

Instrumentation:

  • 17 + flute, (incl. Alto, Bass, Contrabass)

Notes:

  • Commissioned by the Brannen-Cooper Fund.
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Peace is the Way

  • Arranged 2004
  • Duration 7'
  • Flute Ensemble **

Instrumentation:

  1. * The Women's Chorus a Capella was composed in 2003.
  2. ** Flute Ensemble 1-8, (for 6 or more flutes) arranged 2004.

Notes:

  • In response to the USA's 2003 invasion of Iraq, with inspiration from the quote from A. J. Muste, 'There is no way to peace; peace is the way.'

  • In this arrangement for multiflutes of the original treble chorus setting, a four-note phrase, 'Peace is the Way', is layered repeatedly, one after another, throughout the eight parts, building slowly into sustained chords and a whispered final prayer.
    - K. Hoover.

Links:
* Women's Chorus a Capella (2003)
** Flute Ensemble (2004) PP171
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Clowning Around

  • Composed 2011
  • Premiered 2011

Instrumentation:

  • Multiple Flutes (minimum 4) with optional Percussion

Notes:

  • Flutes 1-4, Alto Flute, Percussion.

  • In fact, its first appearance was in Central Park (New York), and its first performance was at the 2011 National Flute Association Convention, with all attendees invited to join in. An optional alto flute part was added, as well as a percussion line. Hoover even suggests that, "with the steady rhythm and light nature of this piece, the percussion part may be better performed by a tap dancer!
    - K. Hoover.