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  • Strength, My Fainting Heart (2014) horn, trombone + tuba

    This piece written in collaboration with the International Low Brass Trio is my own tinkering with the commonly played Lutheran hymn “My Faith Looks Up to Thee” by Lowell Mason. The title is a line plucked from one of the stanzas. In my own experience, each passing wave of faith and then doubt has had larger and larger reciprocations. This trio is a personal representation of those swells.

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  • 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.

    Score Availablesheetmusicplus.com

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  • Organ Solos for Zion San Francisco

    An ongoing collection of organ solos made for use during services at Zion Lutheran Church in San Francisco often quoting hymns found in the Lutheran Service Book (LSB)

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    Grants Me Daily Breath (2014) – LSB 461
    Two Hand Study (2014)

    And Crown Him Lord of All (2013) – LSB 549
    Today Your Mercy Calls Us (2013) – LSB 684 + 915

    2 Chronicles 7 14 – Hands (2012)
    Canons on Agnus Dei (2012)

     

     

     

  • Cascade (2016) flute, bassoon + piano

    Written for and dedicated to the Silver Keys Trio

    Score and Recording Coming Soon

  • When I was sinking down, sinking down (2016) bari sax + marimba

    Written for and commissioned by Kate Duncan and Spencer Poston

    Premiere Apr 30, 2016 at Colorado State University

  • we resist the brightness (2016) horn + bass clarinet

    Written for and commissioned by Emelie Pfaff and Lara Mitofsky Neuss

    Premiere Feb 28, 2016 at Colorado State University

    Recording Coming Soon

    “We Resist the Brightness” ii written for haegeum + viola was written for Soo-yeon Lyuh and Ellen Ruth Rose

    Recording Coming Soon

  • 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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  • 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

  • Seven Fragments of “Lord, Throughout These Forty Days” (2015) solo organ

    photoThis set of organ solos was written for Zion San Francisco’s 2015 Lent Services. The hymn “Lord, Throughout These Forty Days” (Lutheran Service Book 418) was chosen as the recurring theme for the Wednesday evening Lenten services with these seven fragments used as preludes or postludes.

    No. 1 – Lent 1, February 25, 2015
    No. 2 – Lent 2, March 4, 2015
    No. 3 –  Lent 3, March 11, 2015
    No. 4 – Lent 4, March 18, 2015
    No. 5 – Lent 5, March 25, 2015
    No. 6 – Good Friday, April 3, 2015
    No. 7 – Easter, April 5, 2015

    Score and Recording Coming Soon

  • Seven Easy Variations on Greensleeves (2014) oboe + piano

    This set of variations was written for oboist and friend, Lindsey Lyrenmann. It was designed as a launching point for improvisation during the communion portion of the December 21, 2014 service at Zion Lutheran Church in San Francisco. While it can of course be performed as written, each variation may also be shuffled in order to meet the unique pacing and aesthetic needs of the venue.

    Score Published Through Imagine Music: Hovatter – 7 Variations on “Greensleeves”photo

  • Music for Alice’s Room (2015) lp

    MusicforAlicefinal[bandcamp album=3228071951 bgcol=FFFFFF linkcol=4285BB size=grande3]In May 2014 Alice Danielle Hovatter was born. Celebrating, I asked a few talented friends if they would be able to make some “furniture” music in order to christen her nursery. The response was overwhelming! These 14 tracks are a compilation of music made for Alice’s room. All proceeds go directly to those friends that jumped at the opportunity to create beautiful music for little Alice’s room.

    • First Born - Kyle Hovatter
      handbells, piano, organ + field recordings

    • A La Rorro Niño - Kevin Villalta
      electric guitars, glockenspiel + processing

      lyrics

      Lullaby baby
      Lullaby now.
      Sleep my baby,
      Sleep my love.This pretty baby
      Who was born in the morning,
      Wants to be taken
      For a jalopy ride.This sweet baby
      Who was born during the day,
      Wants to be taken
      To the candy shop.This pretty baby
      Who was born at night,
      Wants to be taken
      For a stroller ride.This pretty baby
      Wants to sleep
      But the naughty sleep
      Doesn’t want to come.This pretty baby
      Who was born at night,
      Wants to be taken
      For a stroller ride.
    • Room Piece (Matins) - Danny Clay
      Processed piano and vinyl on fixed media
      Fall 2014
      San Francisco, CA

    • Stops a Butterfly (Remix of Joseph M. Colombo) - Kyle Hovatter
      Joseph M. Colombo original + processing

      Colombo’s Original: soundcloud.com/joseph-m-colombo/stops-a-butterfly?in=joseph-m-colombo/sets/6-16-14-suite

    • Love Each Trait - Mario Godoy
       Love Each Trait is a piece about the contemplative observation of the world unfolding around you and the wonderment that is felt in its mysterious beauty; quietly taking stock of all of its knowns and its unknowns.  Even the moments in our experience that may initially inspire fear further serve to make the magnificence of our world’s entirety even greater.

      Timbres used (in order of appearance) :
      A synthesized texture that is reminiscent of the sound of distant voices carried on the wind, Sampled voice, Processed Electric Guitar,  Sub-bass tones.
    • Anachronism Remix - Kyle Hovatter
      orchestra + processing

    • Days Will Come (Excerpt) - Joseph M. Colombo
       This is an excerpt from a 2:45:00 long work, commissioned by Kyle Hovatter for his daughter Alice.

      timbres (used in this excerpt): oscillating metal strings, nymph tears

    • Velvet Shoes - Kyle Hovatter
      ukulele, field recording + processing

      lyrics

      Velvet Shoes by Elinor WylieLet us walk in the white snow
      In a soundless space;
      With footsteps quiet and slow,
      At a tranquil pace,
      Under veils of white lace.I shall go shod in silk,
      And you in wool,
      White as white cow’s milk,
      More beautiful
      Than the breast of a gull.We shall walk through the still town
      In a windless peace;
      We shall step upon white down,
      Upon silver fleece,
      Upon softer than these.We shall walk in velvet shoes:
      Wherever we go
      Silence will fall like dews
      On white silence below.
      We shall walk in the snow.
    • Go Bug (Got You)
      The piece is about curiosity and playfulness through time, location, age, and culture. It starts small and gets progressively more layered as the child’s imagination grows increasingly larger and more elaborate.

      The crickets are from Vermont.

      The child and his grandpa talking in Spanish and dancing are from Malaga, Spain. I ran into this kid at a public park with an open bell floor and he was making stuff up. I kind of excerpted things here and there to make a piece I liked.

      The rain and soft thunder is from Rome.

      The church bells are in Rome.

      The fountain and owls/birds at the end are from Florence, I believe.

      The bell in the quiet part is from an open air market in Thailand.

    • Whether the Liles (Remix of Danny Clay) - Kyle Hovatter
      Danny Clay original, added field recordings + processingA remix of my friend and great composer’s piece “whether the lilies are white in the garden, or there is snow on the ground”. Not wanting to alter Danny Clay’s sound world too greatly, this remix is a different viewer’s perspective of the same events.Danny Clay’s Original: dannyclay.bandcamp.com/track/whether-the-lilies-are-white-in-the-garden-or-there-is-snow-on-the-ground
    • From Above - David Gottlieb
      scored for Irish Flute, Tenor Overtone Flute, Shiva’s Whistle, Shepherd’s Pipe, Gemshorn, and Bass Flute.
    • Communion Music Around A - Kyle Hovatter
      A notated improvisation realized with the help of Matthias McIntire and Danny Clay

      www.matthiasmcintire.com
      dclaymusic.com/home.htmlRecorded Live at Zion Lutheran Church in San Francisco
      September 15, 2013Matthias McIntire, viola
      Danny Clay, piano
      Kyle Hovatter, piano
    • Room Piece (Nocturne) - Danny Clay
      Processed piano and vinyl on fixed media
      Fall 2014
      San Francisco, CA
    • Till, With the Vision Glorious, Her Longing Eyes Are Blest - Hovatter
      two pianos, viola, field recording + processing
      Danny Clay + Kyle Hovatter, pianos; Luis Escareño, viola

     

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  • There Will Come Soft Rains (2014) soprano + track

    Based on the poem by Sara Teasdale, “There Will Come Soft Rains” is a dialogue between soprano (Amy Foote) and prerecorded audio. The track to “There Will Come Soft Rains” is a mix of collaborative recordings between myself and Amy Foote. Piano, field recordings, and Miss Foote’s voice are mixed to form a unique landscape representing Teasdale’s poem. www.amymichellefoote.com

    Score Available –

    USD $10

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    There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
    And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;And frogs in the pools singing at night,
    And wild plum trees in tremulous white,Robins will wear their feathery fire
    Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;And not one will know of the war, not one
    Will care at last when it is done.Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree
    If mankind perished utterly;And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,
    Would scarcely know that we were gone.Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)

  • Four Poems by T. E. Hulme (2014) soprano + theorbo

    Written for and premiered by Jarring Sounds – http://www.jarringsounds.com/

    The Theorbo is notated with fretted strings on the treble clef and open strings on the bass clef.

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    Susan Ann and Immortality
    Her head hung down
    Gazed at earth, finally keen,
    As the rabbit at the stoat,
    Till the earth was sky,
    Sky that was green,
    And brown clouds passed
    Like chestnut leaves along the ground.

    As a Fowl
    As a fowl in the tall grass lies
    Beneath the terror of the hawk,
    The tressed white light crept
    Whispering with hand on mouth mysterious
    Hunting the leaping shadows in straight streets
    By the white house of Flemish towns

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    LIGHTHEARTED I walked into the valley wood
    In the time of hyacinths,
    Till beauty like a scented cloth
    Cast over, stifled me.
    I was bound Motionless and faint of breath
    By loveliness that is her own eunuch.
    Now pass I the final river
    Ignominiously, in a sack, without a sound,
    As any peeping Turk to the Bosphorous.

    THE MAN IN THE CROW’S NEST
    Strange to me the sounds the wind that blows
    By the masthead in the lonely night.
    Maybe ’tis the sea whistling–feigning joy
    To hide its fright
    Like a village boy
    That, shivering, past the churchyard goes.

  • Strength, My Fainting Heart (2014) horn, trombone + tuba

    This piece written in collaboration with the International Low Brass Trio is my own tinkering with the commonly played Lutheran hymn “My Faith Looks Up to Thee” by Lowell Mason. The title is a line plucked from one of the stanzas. In my own experience, each passing wave of faith and then doubt has had larger and larger reciprocations. This trio is a personal representation of those swells.

    DSC_5900-copy

  • 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.

    Score Availablesheetmusicplus.com

    1399451_439175486193427_386094822_o

     

  • Organ Solos for Zion San Francisco

    An ongoing collection of organ solos made for use during services at Zion Lutheran Church in San Francisco often quoting hymns found in the Lutheran Service Book (LSB)

    photo

    Grants Me Daily Breath (2014) – LSB 461
    Two Hand Study (2014)

    And Crown Him Lord of All (2013) – LSB 549
    Today Your Mercy Calls Us (2013) – LSB 684 + 915

    2 Chronicles 7 14 – Hands (2012)
    Canons on Agnus Dei (2012)

     

     

     

  • Hymn Settings

    photoThis is an ongoing collection of hymn settings made for use during services at Zion Lutheran Church in San Francisco.

    *Lutheran Service Book

     

     

  • [Remix] Danny Clay – whether the lilies are white in the garden, or there is snow on the ground

    A remix of my friend and great composer’s piece “whether the lilies are white in the garden, or there is snow on the ground”.  Not wanting to alter Danny Clay’s sound world too greatly, this remix is a different viewer’s perspective of the same events.

     

    Danny Clay’s Original: dannyclay.bandcamp.com/track/whether…on-the-ground

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  • From One’s Pulse (2013) fixed media

    This is the final track from the album “A Topic Avoided” and lovingly steals from the last movement of Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time”.

    violin, cello, piano, electric bass, train whistle, field recording + processing

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  • When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (2013) violin + organ

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    This somber postlude was arranged for Matthias McIntire and Zion Lutheran San Francisco’s 2013 Good Friday services.

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    Score No Longer Available

     


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  • A Topic Avoided (2013) lp

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    This album is in memory of my grandfather Albert Sever. Each track is my own personal representation of a different approach to cope with his passing. Part notated ambience and part process derived descant, this is my best attempt at emulating the repercussions from losing a great man. 

    • track 1 - A Topic Avoided

      guitar, melodica, train whistle, electric bass, field recordings + processing

    • track 2 - The Brook
      handbell choir, recorders, melodica, piano, spoken word, field recordings + processing

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

    • track 3 - Crystal Liturgy
      clarinet, violin, cello, piano, field recordings + processing

      Between three and four in the morning, the awakening of birds: a solo blackbird or nightingale improvises, surrounded by a shimmer of sound, by a halo of trills lost very high in the trees. Transpose this onto a religious plane and you have the harmonious silence of Heaven. -Olivier Messiaen

    • track 4 - Heir's Landscape
      flute, viola, guitar, field recording + processing

    • track 5 - From One's Pulse
       
      This is the final track from the album “A Topic Avoided” and lovingly steals from the last movement of Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time”.

      violin, cello, piano, electric bass, train whistle, field recording + processing

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  • Crystal Liturgy (2013) fixed media

    clarinet, violin, cello, piano, field recordings + processing

    Between three and four in the morning, the awakening of birds: a solo blackbird or nightingale improvises, surrounded by a shimmer of sound, by a halo of trills lost very high in the trees. Transpose this onto a religious plane and you have the harmonious silence of Heaven. -Olivier Messiaen

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  • Maple (2011) flute, viola + guitar

    “Maple” is directly influenced and inspired by Scott Joplin’s “Maple Leaf Rag”. At first his influence is held back and made to keep its distance. Then in the second movement, there is endless and obsessive fascination with his brilliant small riffs and harmonies. Finally, the third movement all out steals.

    Premiered:
    Joshua Romatowski, flute; Kristin Zimmerman, viola; Grant Ferris, guitar
    San Francisco, California on April 20, 2012

     

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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/

  • My Toy Bullion (2012) chamber orchestra

    “My Toy Bullion” for Chamber Orchestra is impish fixation and fervent tinkering withJ.S. Bach’s Goldberg Aria.MyToyBullion[bandcamp track=139183005 bgcol=FFFFFF linkcol=4285BB size=venti]

    Premiered:
    Nicole Paiement conducting the
    SFCM New Music Ensemble
    San Francisco, California on April 17, 2012

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