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  • Three Poems by Elinor Wylie (2014) two sopranos, guitar + bassoon

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    These three poems by Elinor Wylie (1885-1928) can be found in her book “Nets to Catch the Wind”. This set, which was premiered September 5th, 2014 at the Center for New Music in San Francisco, was written specifically for Amy Foote, Danielle(Reutter-Harrah) Sampson, Adam Cockerham, and Alexis Luque.

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    The Eagle and the MoleAlexisLuque
    Avoid the reeking herd,
    Shun the polluted flock,
    Live like that stoic bird,
    The eagle of the rock.

    The huddled warmth of crowds
    Begets and fosters hate;
    He keeps above the clouds
    His cliff inviolate.

    When flocks are folded warm,
    And herds to shelter run,
    He sails above the storm,
    He stares into the sun.

    If in the eagle’s track
    Your sinews cannot leap,
    Avoid the lathered pack,
    Turn from the steaming sheep.Jarring Sounds_0.eventdetail

    If you would keep your soul
    From spotted sight or sound,
    Live like the velvet mole:
    Go burrow underground.

    And there hold intercourse
    With roots of trees and stones,
    With rivers at their source,
    And disembodied bones.

    I was always afraid of Somes’s Pond:
    Not the little pond, by which the willow stands,
    Where laughing boys catch alewives in their hands
    In brown, bright shallows; but the one beyond.
    There, where the frost makes all the birches burn
    Yellow as cow-lilies, and the pale sky shines
    Like a polished shell between black spruce and pines,
    Some strange thing tracks us, turning where we turn.

    You’ll say I dreamed it, being the true daughter
    Of those who in old times endured this dread.
    Look! Where the lily-stems are showing red
    A silent paddle moves below the water,
    A sliding shape has stirred them like a breath;
    Tall plumes surmount a painted mask of death.

    Village Mystery (excerpt)
    I saw the dead girl cringe and whine,
    And cower in the weeping air–
    But, oh, she was no kin of mine,
    And so I did not care!


  • Entrance (2014) oboe, clarinet + bassoon

    CMS1417__97076.1407267965.1280.1280“Entrance” was written as an opener for the Twin Cities Trio and their regular tours in elementary schools. Wishing for a short piece that could act as a bridge between contemporary and classical music, Handel’s “Entree” from the Aylesford Pieces comes in and out of focus. This work is now published with Imagine Music Publishing.



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  • 3 Tales of Slime and Scales (2010) solo bassoon

    3 Tales of Slime and Scales for Solo Bassoon copy 2

    No. 1 – Seventeen Salamanders (2005)
    No. 2 – Gremlin Brothers (2009)
    No. 3 – Lizard Strut (2010)

    Duration: 8 minutes

    Written for my friend Ben Opp

  • Mist (2011) bassoon + track

    Score Available through Imagine Music Publishing


    Outside my San Francisco apartment window seemingly unrelated sounds fade and pan. Street traffic, parks, fog horns, rain, emergency sirens, pedestrians, freight ships; they all seem to create their own counterpoint. At first this resonates as an overwhelming cacophony without focus or purpose. Yet once heard with amenable contentment the variant sounds are given the chance to condense into accord. ”Mist” is a duet for bassoon and track where the solo instrument and prerecorded sounds are given equal importance. It has been written for and dedicated to Paula Brusky, the premiering bassoonist. 



  • En Los Bosques (2012) bassoon + track

    Accompaniment Track – Free Download


    MP3 8.6MB: Track-En Los Bosques-Hovatter.mp3
    Large File 94.3MB: Track-En Los Bosques-Hovatter.wav

    Based on the poem by Pablo Neruda, “En Los Bosques” is a dialogue between a bassoon and prerecorded audio. The track to “En Los Bosques” is a mix of personally made recordings. Congos, djembe, ukelele, pipe organ, and field recordings made in Mt. Tamalpais California are mixed with the voice of my good friend and fellow composer Kevin Villalta. My deepest thanks go to Susan Nelson and the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at the College of Musical Arts of Bowling Green State University for commissioning this work now published by Imagine Music Publishing.

    Score Available through Imagine Music Publishing


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    Translation of Neruda’s text:
    Lost in the forest, I broke off a dark twig
    and lifted its whisper to my thirsty lips
    maybe it was the voice of the rain crying,
    a cracked bell, or a torn heart.

    Something from far off it seemed
    deep and secret to me, hidden by the earth,
    a shout muffled by huge autumns,
    by the moist half open darkness of the leaves.

    Wakening from the dreaming forest there, the hazel-sprig
    sang under my tongue, its drifting fragrance
    climbed up through my conscious mind
    as if suddenly the roots I had left behind cried out to me,
    the land I had lost with my childhood and I stopped, wounded by the wandering scent.
    -Pablo Neruda

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