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Much of my time in the Spring of 2017 was spent sketching music while watching my daughter Alice, then three years old. She too was sketching and would happily draw for hours. When Jeff Anderle commissioned me for a new piece featuring bass clarinet accompanied by eight Bb clarinets, it was written entirely while I played with Alice. I asked her where I should begin. She responded, as she always did for every portrait she drew, “a circle for the head…” This work was commissioned by Jeff Anderle with support from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and was premiered at his April 3, 2017 Faculty Artist Recital “History of the Bass Clarinet, Part 3, America, 2007-2017”.
Kyle Hovatter San Francisco, Oct 2019