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In Memoriam Ravi Shankar

  • Composed 2012
  • Violin, solo

Movements:

  1. Prelude
  2. not listed

Notes:

  • Has an unknown relationship with Katherine's work Partita.
  • A tribute to the great sitar player Shankar, composed shortly after his passing.

    The music uses Shankar's concept of additive rhythms. Hoover's homage to Shankar is comprised of the additive rhythms he introduced to the West decades ago. Hoover describes them as “addictive rhythms,” which she has used many times. In Memoriam moves from slow to fast, slow to fast, with both of the faster sections based upon these additive rhythms.

    - K. Hoover.
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String Quartet

  • Composed 1999
  • Duration 22'

Instrumentation:

  • 2 Violins, Viola, Cello

Movements:

  1. Moderato 6:19
  2. Vivace 3:47
  3. Adagio (Hopi Lullaby) 6:10
  4. Allegro molto 5:53

Notes:

  • This quartet was written for the marvelous Colorado Quartet. Composed of 4 movements, the third is a Hopi lullaby.

  • This string quartet combines both simple and abstract elements, a process that has fascinated me over the years. After a short introduction, the first movement presents a melody that resembles some of the Native American music I have become familiar with over the last several years. These melodies are often improvisatory, and this one moves rather freely above its accompaniment. During the writing of this movement I was haunted by the image of a swiftly running deer. This influence can be heard in the rushing, wind-like area that fills the center of the movement. I have no explanation for this; the deer simply came to visit and I did not send it away.

    The second movement is a scherzo marked vivace. It contains, among other sections, areas where the rhythm and/or the intervals get smaller and smaller.

    Movement three begins with quiet, nocturnal sounds, which introduce a Hopi lullaby.

    The fourth movement encompasses extremes of motion and dynamic. Driving parts are interrupted by soft sections, and toward the end are transformed into an accompaniment for a melody from the beginning of the piece. The movement ends quietly.

    - K. Hoover.
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String Quartet 2

  • Subtitled "The Knot"
  • Composed 2004

Instrumentation:

  • 2 Violins, Viola, Cello

Movements:

  1. Adagio 4:36
  2. Vivace 3:47
  3. 1/4 = 60 5:36
  4. Allegro 7:29

Notes:

  • Written for the Colorado Quartet.

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Double Concerto

  • Opus 40
  • Composed 1989
  • Duration 14'

Instrumentation:

  • Two Violins, String Orchestra*
  • Piano reduction

Notes:

  • Commisioned by the Southeast Kansas Symphony, Carol Ann Martin, conductor. Premiered by Yfrah Neaman and Paul Carlson with the Symphony in Pittsburg, Kansas September 24, 1989.

  • When two violinists get together to perform with orchestra, it's usually a friendly celebration; a chance for colleagues who value each other's talent and skills to enjoy making music together. It doesn't happen very often, and there isn't a lot of literature to choose from. So, I began to think... if I were one of the players, I would want the piece to be grateful and warm, with lyricism and a sense of playfulness. This is what I have attempted to write.

    The opening movement, after a slow introduction, focuses on two ideas; in the first the strings (or the piano), led by the soloists echoing and chasing each other, build a cluster of sounds by adding on notes above and below. In the second the soloists answer back and forth with arpeggiated chords. The rest of the movement grows out of these ideas with a harmonic and rhythmic debt to jazz.

    The second movement contains an extended lyric duet for the soloists, accompanied by a muted countermelody and plucked bass notes. The third is more virtuosic with a driving, uneven theme in the solo violins propelled forward by the bass. It also contains a cadenza for two.

    - K. Hoover.

  • * String Orchestra: Solo Violin 1, Solo Violin 2, Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Violoncello, Contrabass