Katherine Hoover (1937-2018)
Program note written by Jacob Farmer
Approximate Performance Time:
Intermediate Advanced – appropriate for advanced high school students and college undergraduates
Nina Assimakopoulos. Kokopeli. AMP Recordings, 2015. MP3.
Hoover. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Sept. 2016. <http://katherinehoover.com/KatherineHoover/about_Katherine.html>.Santiago-Caballero, Lillian. “A Performance Guide to Katherine Hoover’s “Kokopeli”.” Flute Talk 01 1997: 12-3. ProQuest. Web. 1 Oct. 2016 . “About Katherine Hoover.”
Katherine Hoover is an American composer and flutist born in 1937 in West Virginia. Hoover was discouraged by her parents from pursuing a career in music, but she received her musical education from the Eastman School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, where she was a faculty member for fifteen years. She has additionally taught flute at Juilliard Preparatory School. Her first composition published came in 1972, Three Carols for choir and flute. Her best known work, Kokopeli, inspired by the Hopi tribe in the southwestern United States, was published in 1990. Hoover primarily writes works for solo flute, flute and piano, and flute ensembles, but also has a collection of works for orchestra, piano, and choir. Hoover lives in New York with her husband, composing and promoting interest in women composers.
Katherine Hoover writes about her piece, Kokopeli:
“Kokopeli, the flute player, was a great mahu, or legendary hero of the Hopi, and of other Native Americans living in the Southwestern area of the United States. He is said to have led the migrations through the mountains and deserts, the sound of his flute echoing through the great canyons and cliffs. In this piece I have tried to capture some of this sense of spaciousness, and of the Hopi’s deep kinship with this land. This piece has also been influenced by Native American flute songs and sounds.”