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  • En Los Bosques (2012) bassoon + track

    Accompaniment Track – Free Download

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    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

  • The Brook (2013) fixed media

    handbell choir, recorders, melodica, piano, spoken word, field recordings + processing

    Based on the poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)
    Dedicated to Becky Reilly

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  • The Red Wheelbarrow (2012) based on William Carlos Williams poetry

    synthesizers + field recording

    “XXII” (The Red Wheelbarrow) from the anthology “Spring and All”

    by William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)

    so much depends

    upon

    a red wheel

    barrow

    glazed with rain

    water

    beside the white

    chickens.

     

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  • My Grave (2012) based on the poetry of Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    piano, field recording + processing

    MY GRAVE
    By Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919)

    If, when I die, I must be buried, let
    No cemetery engulph me — no lone grot,
    Where the great palpitating world comes not,
    Save when, with heart bowed down and eyelids wet,
    It pays its last sad melancholy debt
    To some outjourneying pilgrim. May my lot
    Be rather to lie in some much-used spot,
    Where human life, with all its noise and fret,
    Throbs on about me. Let the roll of wheels,
    With all earth’s sounds of pleasure, commerce, love,
    And rush of hurrying feet surge o’er my head.
    Even in my grave I shall be one who feels
    Close kinship with the pulsing world above;
    And too deep silence would distress me, dead.

     

  • Heir’s Landscape (2012) fixed media

    flute, viola, guitar, field recording + processing

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