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  • Let the Earth, Now Praise the Lord (2015) trumpet + organ

    This prelude and postlude pair was written for Robert Giambruno and the 2015 Christmas Eve Services in Zion Lutheran Church in San Francisco. They are based on the hymn (LSB 352) by Heinrich Held (1620-1639).

    Score Available Soon

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  • “I saw a man pursuing the horizon” (2015) two bass clarinets

    Published through Forton Music

    Based off of the poem by Stephen Crane and written for Lara Mitofsky Neuss
    "I saw a man pursuising the horizon" BY STEPHEN CRANE
    I saw a man pursuing the horizon;
    Round and round they sped.
    I was disturbed at this;
    I accosted the man.
    “It is futile,” I said,
    “You can never —”
    “You lie,” he cried,
    And ran on.
    Recording by Jeff Anderle and Jon Russell begins at 29 minutes and 18 seconds  

  • Gavotte for Elly (2014) chamber ensemble

    ElinorArmerConcert2014mar14,2015 Gavotte for EllyCommissioned for Elinor Armer’s 75th Birthday Celebration

    Program Note: When presented with the opportunity to write for Elly’s festivities, overwhelmed ridiculosity ensued. There were too many options. I would have loved to work on a grand opera that reached the absurd puns saturation point, but time and instrumentation restraints brought me back down to
    earth. Elly helped instill a love of plundering other composers’ work. This inspired my tinkering with Bach’s “Gavotte in G Minor BWV 822”. The arrived at dance has little in common with the baroque gavotte. Instead an attempt at rhythmic, Milhaudian joy is offered in celebration of the greatest mentor, composer, inspiration and friend.IMG_4439

    Recording Coming Soon

  • I Might Speak (2015) flute, bassoon + piano


    Imagine Music PublishingScore Published Through Imagine Music Publishing





    Center for New Music in San Francisco, Sept. 30, 2015 – 7:30pm
    San Jose State University, October 1st, 2015 – 12:15pm
    Sacramento State University, October 2nd, 2015 -4:00pm

    Program Note: When granted the opportunity to write for the Silver Keys Trio’s instrumentation, my wife and I had just begun to expect our new daughter. I swung between exhaustive fragility and terrifying elation and still do with Alice now here and born. This text has become my much needed mantra, as anything I do, from parenting to music, is destined to fail without love. My deepest thanks go to the virtuosic Silver Keys Trio for organizing the commissioning consortium that brought about this seven movement piece.

    I Might Speak
    With Tongues of Angles
    Yet Without Love
    Have Now Become
    A Clanging Cymbal

    [bandcamp width=400 height=373 album=2848394779 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 artwork=small]

  • Diaphonic (2014) bassoon + track

    diaphonic - hovatter

    Now Available Through Imagine Music Publishing


    SEP 23, 2015: 7:00 PM – Center Christin Schillingerfor New Music San Francisco

    Fox Bassoons Performing Artist Christin Schillinger, known for her ‘natural interpretations’ and ‘perfect musical choices’ within new music, specializes in the accessibility of the avant-garde.  At the center of the program are two world premieres: Diaphonic by San Francisco composer Kyle Hovatter and Double Helix by Long Beach composer Jenni Brandon.

    Program Note by Christin Schillinger:
    The first published work for bassoon by a woman dates to 1930: Ruth Crawford Seeger’s Diaphonic Suite for bassoon and cello is a chromatic etude in duet form. In Diaphonic, Kyle Hovatter creates a fresh, and modern composition drawing from Seeger’s original source material. For bassoon and track, the work maintains Seeger’s contrapuntal and chromatic significance, while layering further textural and rhythmic layers to her dissonance.


    Score and Recording Coming Soon

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