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  • communion music around A (2013) viola + two pianos

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    A notated improvisation realized with Matthias McIntire and Danny Clay
    Recorded Live at Zion Lutheran Church in San Francisco
    September 15, 2013

     Sample Scorecommunion music in A - Hovatter

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  • Crab Canon (2011) piano + processing

    A solo piano track processed to accompany itself in reverse.

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  • Improvisations at Zion San Francisco

    A collection of improvisations recorded at Zion Lutheran Church in San Francisco.

    Collaborators include:

    Danny Clay, piano – dclaymusic.com
    Joseph M. Colombo, guitar + piano – http://josephmcolombo.com/
    Luis Escareño, viola – http://www.luisescareno.com/
    Robert Hansen, violin
    Matthias McIntire, violin + viola – http://matthiasmcintire.com/

  • A Crazed Girl (2011) William Butler Yeats Poetry

    Program Note:
    “A Crazed Girl” is a setting of the similarly titled poem by William Butler Yeats. The tragic poem is a literal telling of Yeats’ relationship with the mentally unstable Margot Ruddock. Her infatuation with Yeats is analogous to that of the sea. Yet at once impassioned, both impartially move forward without her.

    That crazed girl improvising her music.
    Her poetry, dancing upon the shore,

    Her soul in division from itself
    Climbing, falling She knew not where,
    Hiding amid the cargo of a steamship,
    Her knee-cap broken, that girl I declare
    A beautiful lofty thing, or a thing
    Heroically lost, heroically found.

    No matter what disaster occurred
    She stood in desperate music wound,
    Wound, wound, and she made in her triumph
    Where the bales and the baskets lay
    No common intelligible sound
    But sang, ‘O sea-starved, hungry sea.’

    Free Score Available

    PDF Download

    A Crazed Girl-Hovatter-Free


    Premiere recording of  Elizabeth Kimble, soprano; Kevin Korth, piano
    San Francisco Conservatory of Music
    April 22, 2011

    Amy Foote, soprano; Stepan Rudenko, piano
    Zion Lutheran Church San Francisco
    May 14, 2011

  • Plum Green (2012) bassoon + piano

    Score Available through Imagine Music Publishing

    ImagineLogo Plum Green is three movements of clashing and blending two distinct colors. The piece was begun in December 2010 as a commission from Benjamin Opp to be premiered at his 2011 Faculty Recital.  Because of its size and magnitude, Plum Green was Kyle Hovatter’s “Thesis Piece” for his graduate studies at San Francisco Conservatory.The piece is dedicated to two fantastic musicians and friends, Benjamin and Samantha Opp.  


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