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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