REPRESENTATIVE/SELECTED RECORDINGS OF MUSIC BY DOUGLAS HEDWIG
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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