THE MUSIC OF DOUGLAS HEDWIG
What is striking is the coherent yet adventurous character of these [Hedwig's] compositions, which has everything to do with the cleverly worked out motifs that culminate in an expression that is partly fueled by chromaticism as well as rhythmic complexity... an adventurous listening experience.
- Aart van der Wal, Opus Klassiek (Netherlands)
Passion is elegantly led by culture...an American eclecticism of inspiration (even occasional exoticism) is unified by a coherent style...great complexity, accomplished with equally impressive competence and love...showcases the eloquent sincerity of a contemporary American voice.
- Aloma Bardi, President, The International Center for American Music
Hedwig's imaginative soundscapes are endlessly interesting and are sure to engage the ears...not only in his choice of instrumentation, but also compositional language and style.
- Lydia Van Dreel, Journal of the International Horn Society (The Horn Call)
Energetic and expressive…ingenious…an auditory adventure.
- Helen Gaudeus, Klassiek Central (Belgium)
Douglas Hedwig's electronic, fixed-media composition "TransSonic Awakenings in D" was featured at the 2020 Seoul International Computer Music Festival on October 30, 2020 in Seoul, Korea. The concert was broadcast internationally.
Douglas Hedwig has been selected as a FINALIST in the 2021 International Composition Award by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), for his song-cycle, "A Species Stands Beyond" for soprano & piano.
Douglas Hedwig was named a winner of the 2019/2020 Gaetano Amadeo Prize in chamber music composition, one of Italy's most prestigious composition prizes!
In addition to a monetary award, a concert of his music will be scheduled in Milan, Italy, after the current pandemic subsides. Stay tuned for details!
Douglas Hedwig has been named the 3rd Place winner, nationally, of The American Prize in Chamber Music Composition for 2018!
Douglas Hedwig: "A Certain Slant of Light"
…a powerful and dramatic work that makes full use of the colors available for brass quintet, percussion, and organ.
This tour-de-force for brass quintet is an outstanding addition to the brass quintet repertoire. All audiences will be moved by the formidable nature, as well as the interesting programmatic ties.
–Luis C. Engelke, ITG Journal
…an impressive work in many ways, and it’s clear that he knows how to write for brass very effectively.
It’s the type of piece that is rewarding for both the players and the audience.
–The Horn Call