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Flute with Orchestra


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Four Winds


Medieval Suite
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Four Winds

Alternate Tile(s):
  • Concerto For Flute and Orchestra
  • Four Winds Concerto
  • Four Winds
Composed:
  • 2015
Premiered:
  • by Mark Sparks at the 2015 National Flute Association convention in Washington, D.C.
Audience Notes:
  • Four Winds considers breath as integral to flute performance through the depiction of winds at different times of the year.
    - K. Hoover.
Duration:
  • 00:10:00
Movements:
  1. East
  2. South
  3. West
  4. North
Instrumentation:
  • Flute, Orchestra (Piano reduction)
Performance Notes:
Arrangements:
  1. Flute, Piano
  2. Flute and Orchestra (Piano reduction)
Publisher:
  • Papagena Press
Reference:
  • ASCAP Work ID 892067111
Links:

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Medieval Suite

Alternate Tile(s):
  1. Medieval Suite (Flute Piano)
  2. Medieval Suite (Orchestra,Chamber)
  3. Medieval Suite (Orchestra,Full, lg. score)
  4. Medieval Suite (Orchestra,Full, sm. score)
Other Ref. Tile(s):
  • Medival Suite Fl U Kl Komp
  • Demon's Dance
  • Demon's Dance (Medieval Suite)
Composed:
  • 1981
Premiered:
  • by C. Smith with Reno Philharmonic, November 1989.
Audience Notes:
  • The Medieval Suite was inspired by characters and events described in Barbara Tuchman's A Distant Mirror, a history of fourteenth-century France. It was a violent, bitter century of extensive wars, and Ms. Tuchman sees it as something of a reflection of our own. The first movement, 'Virelai', uses parts of a work in that form by Guillaume de Machaut, a French composer of that era. The "Black Knight" was a violent British prince barred from his beloved field of battle by a wasting disease. The fourteenth century was a low point for the Catholic Church with warring Popes in Rome and Avignon, and 'the Drunken Friar' was apparently a common sight. In this movement I have freely adapted and embroidered a Gregorian chant and quoted a well-known round of the time, 'Sumer is acumin in'. 'Princess Isabelle' describes a daughter of the King of France who was engaged at the age of six, sent to England to live permanently, and wed at twelve - a common fate for royal children. The 'Demon's Dance' was a desperate marathon dance done by some in hopes of avoiding the Black Plague.
    - K. Hoover.

  • NFA Newly Published Music Award, 1987
Duration:
  • 00:19:00
Movements:
  1. Depouillement: Virelai
  2. The Black Knight
  3. The Drunken Friar
  4. On the Betrothal of Princess Isabelle of France, Aged Six Years
  5. Demon's Dance
Instrumentation:
  • Solo Flute, Flute/Piccolo, Orchestra
Arrangements:
  1. Solo Flute with Piano
  2. Solo Flute, Flute/Piccolo, Orchestra[Chamber]
  3. Solo Flute, Flute/Piccolo, Orchestra[Full], lg/sm score
Publisher:
  • Theodore Presser Company
Reference:
  • ASCAP Work ID 430321529
Other Reference:
  • ASCAP Work ID 340218517
Links:


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Medieval Suite

Mark Crawford, Reno Gazette-Journal

  • A fine new work...The Medieval Suite realizes (its) inspiration in the language of Katherine Hoover, a language not to be confused with that of Aaron Copland, Walter Piston, or George Crumb, but equally as American as these. This is a short, uncompromising, sympathetic contemporary work.

Alfred de Jaeger, The Intelligencer (Wheeling, WV)

  • The highlight of the afternoon...Katherine Hoover's Medieval Suite is brilliant. Each of the five movements is exquisitely crafted, leaving the listener confident that a musical journey has taken place. Every note is placed with the same care exercised by an expert diamond-cutter, giving the work a discernable architecture which is very satisfying.

Norman Pickering, The Southampton Press

  • The writing is extremely imaginative and full of exciting instrumental passages displaying the composer's knowledge and skill...this is a major addition to the flute and piano literature, and every movement has a character and emotional impact that is rarely achieved in contemporary music.

Tim Page, The Washington Post

  • The program began with Katherine Hoover's "Medieval Suite," a five movement work dating from 1983 that was originally written for flute and piano. Hoover is herself a distinguished flutist, and so the idiomatic scoring for her chosen instrument came as no surprise. The suite itself has a stylistic diversity that is never merely clever; this is limpid, honest, attractive and appealing music, full of graceful melodies and the subtle "touches" of a natural composer.