DOUGLAS HEDWIG

COMPOSER 
CONDUCTOR - MUSIC JOURNALIST - TRUMPETER 

REPRESENTATIVE/SELECTED RECORDINGS OF MUSIC BY DOUGLAS HEDWIG

ITS SOUL OF MUSIC SHED
Posted by Douglas Hedwig on May 11, 2017 at 10:14 AM

Its Soul of Music Shed (2005 – Revised 2016) by Douglas Hedwig,  for Solo Flugelhorn (or, valved-posthorn in Bb) + Narration

Premiered at the 2005 International Trumpet Guild Conference, Bangkok, Thailand; performed by the composer. This composition is based on two poems: “The Old Mail Horn” (1875), by Birch Reynardson and “Kurze Fahrt” (‘Brief Journey’), by Joseph Karl Benedikt von Eichendorff (1788-1857). Both poems describe an earlier time when the sound of the posthorn and coach horn were a regular and welcome feature of everyday life throughout Europe. The musical language employed in the work begins in a very modern, atonal/serial style, and throughout the duration of the piece gradually progresses (regresses) to the basic, bugle-like sound of the 19th century posthorn music and signals. Sections for unaccompanied valved-posthorn (very similar to the instrument for which Gustav Mahler composed in his Third Symphony) are contrasted with the recitation of the original poems.

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TransSonic Awakenings in D, by Douglas Hedwig
Posted by Douglas Hedwig on May 11, 2017 at 9:58 AM

Before the advent of the Internet, short-wave radio broadcasts brought sounds and ideas from around the world to anyone with a radio and antennae. TranSonic Awakenings in D is an electro-acoustic composition in three sections, inspired by the fascinating, and often mysterious sounds and diverse languages associated with short-wave radio broadcasts and audio transmissions from around the globe. Before digital tuning in receivers, manual tuning of radio frequencies was necessary. So, interspersed throughout this section we hear a pastiche of tuning sounds over a bed of tonal pulsation. In the middle section we hear fragments of both spoken and musical radio “call-signs,” typically used at the start and end of scheduled shortwave broadcast cycles, for worldwide transmission from Radio Argentina. The work concludes with the sound of Medieval church bells from central Italy. The work is 10 minutes, 45 seconds in duration.

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A CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHT, by Douglas Hedwig
Posted by Douglas Hedwig on March 14, 2016 at 6:28 PM

"A Certain Slant of Light" for brass quintet, organ and percussionist, was commissioned by St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Chattanooga, TN in 2015. This 18 minute, five-movement work as inspired by a poem by the American poet, Emily Dicksion. The five movements are as follows:

I. Heavenly Hurt

II. Internal Difference

III. Landscape Listens

IV. Shadows Hold Their Breath

V. Illumination

 

     
TONE POEM ON TAPS, by Douglas Hedwig
Posted by Douglas Hedwig on March 14, 2016 at 6:00 PM

"Tone Poem on Taps" was composed in 2011-2012 in honor of the 150th Anniversary of the creation of America's most famous bugle call, 'Taps."  The work was premiered by the United States Army Band at West Point (the "West Point Band") under the direction of the composer.  This recording is by the Maryland Defence Force Band, under the direction of Lt. Colonel Jari Villanueva.

     
ONYX for Brass Quintet, by Douglas Hedwig
Posted by Douglas Hedwig on March 14, 2016 at 5:54 PM

ONYX is a fanfare-like work, about 2 minutes in duration, composed for 2 trumpets, horn, trombone, and tuba (or, bass trombone).

     
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