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Flute & Company - Hoover: Reflections, Etc / Dobbs, Et Al


Release Date: 02/28/2001 
Label:  Leonarda   Catalog #: 349   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Katherine HooverMary Kathleen Tryer
Performer:  Wendell DobbsMary Kathleen TryerLeo Welch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montclaire String Quartet members
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"[Hoover's style] incorporates elements from neoclassicism, impressionism, and more up-to-date idioms as well as modal, ethnic, and quasi-Medieval scales. ... Dances and Variations is a full-size (20-minute) three-movement duo for flute and harp. I is a sprightly Allegro that deploys clever and playful dovetailed entries of the two instruments, II a moody, rhapsodic Adagio, and III a limpid and expansive variation-set on a winsome 18th Century air, 'My Days Have Been So Wondrous Free', by Francis Hopkinson, described in the notes as 'a Philadelphia lawyer and signer of the Declaration of Independence'. This last movement--at 10 minutes the longest of the three--is particularly delightful, brimming over with serene high spirits as it spins Read more out dainty contrapuntal dialogs and idyllic elaborations--themselves 'wondrous free' as the composer points out--on Hopkinson's tune. Hoover's 11-minute Divertimento, scored for flute and string trio (like the Mozart flute quartets), shows off her neoclassic mode to best advantage. This neatly crafted item is in two very different movements. I is a catchy, insouciant Allegro that skips by with an elusive rhythmic lilt, II a complex structure interleaving skirling dance episodes with slow nocturnal music of considerable intensity. I've known and marveled at this inventive and captivating piece for two decades [when it was issued on LP]. Flutists looking for something commensurate to program along with the Mozart quartets take note! Canyon Echos is a suite for flute and guitar based on an Apache story about a flute-playing boy and the girl who loves him but pines away and dies waiting for him to return. This is Hoover at her most evocative and exotic. Two short solo flute pieces, Winter Spirits and Reflections, fill out the recital. The former is a much-ornamented invocation also based on Amerindian legend, the latter a set of variations on an outdoorsy Scandinavian tune. Like everything on this exceptionally rewarding release, these are nicely performed." Lehman, American Record Guide. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Winter Spirits by Katherine Hoover
Performer:  Wendell Dobbs (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; USA 
2. Variations on a Medieval Norwegian Chant "Reflections" by Katherine Hoover
Performer:  Wendell Dobbs (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
3. Dances and Variations for Flute and Harp by Katherine Hoover
Performer:  Wendell Dobbs (Flute), Mary Kathleen Tryer (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; USA 
4. Divertimento for Flute and Strings by Mary Kathleen Tryer
Performer:  Wendell Dobbs (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montclaire String Quartet members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1975; USA 
5. Canyon Echoes by Katherine Hoover
Performer:  Leo Welch (Guitar), Wendell Dobbs (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991; USA 

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