DOUGLAS HEDWIG

COMPOSER 
CONDUCTOR - MUSIC JOURNALIST - TRUMPETER 

REPRESENTATIVE/SELECTED RECORDINGS OF MUSIC BY DOUGLAS HEDWIG

HODIE CANAMUS (2018)
Posted by Douglas Hedwig on August 2, 2018 at 3:18 PM

"Hodie Canamus" by Douglas Hedwig

I. Introit    II. Gladness and Delight    III. Psalmus in Confessione

Composed for and in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Orvieto Musica, and was premiered June 24, 2018 at the Orvieto Cathedral, Italy.    

Hodie Canamus is an 8-minute, three-sectioned composition in what may be described as a "Neo-Renaissance" style. Although "neo-classical" is the more commonly accepted term to desribe music based on, and/or directly inspired by music of an earlier era (such as the ballet music for "Pulcinella" by Igor Stravinsky), this current work draws specifically on the rich musical traditions of the Italian Renaissance.

This work is for chorus, vocal soloists, strings, piano, timpani and multiple trumpet ensembles.


     
Hodie Canamus
Posted by Douglas Hedwig on August 2, 2018 at 3:08 PM

For chorus, strings, piano, trumpets, timpani

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GITANJALI: Song of Devotion
Posted by Douglas Hedwig on June 15, 2018 at 10:44 AM

GITANJALI; Song of Devotion for chorus (SATB) was composed by Douglas Hedwig in 2016 and is set to a text by Nobel Prize winning Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore. The music employs elements of traditional, classical vocal music of India, combined with contemporary, Western stylistic techniques that produce a unique blend of East and West. Although predominantly utilizing the original poetry, the composer has added several Hebrew, Arabic and Sanskrit words that add to the spiritual expansiveness and inclusiveness of the work. As the piece comes to a conclusion, the original melody is heard once more; this time harmonized in a somewhat more Western style, suggestive of Christian hymnody.


“Gitanjali” is one of Rabindrath Tagore’s best-known works, for which he received the Nobel Prize in 1913. Tagore was also a prolific composer of songs, often utilizing traditional India ragas (or, scales). He composed both the music and text for the national anthems of India and Bangladesh.

     
We Can Find No Scar
Posted by Douglas Hedwig on June 10, 2018 at 4:30 PM

We Can Find No Scar was composed in 2016 for mezzo-soprano and piano.  This work is a setting of the poem, "There's a Certain Slant of Light," by Emily Dickinson.  This recording is from the World Premiere, April 12, 2018, at the Frontwave 2018 New Music Festival; Jourdan Laine Howell, soprano and Joshua Lubben, piano.  The performance took place at Palm Beach Atlantic University, Palm Beach, FL.

     
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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