Parables of God and Man
STEPHEN SHEWAN Parables of God and Man TROY349 - Price: $16.99
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If you like Randall Thompson, Aaron Copland or Roy Harris, then this is for you.

Stephen Shewan's music is both melodic and accessible, at times propelled by catchy rhythms flavored with jazz and pop idioms. In Shewan's music we hear a fresh voice at work, demonstrating a talent for ingratiating melody, infectious rhythm and a command of colorful orchestration. Stephen Shewan was born in Warsaw, New York. Currently he teaches music and directs the bands at Williamsville East High School, near Buffalo, New York. He is a graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College and Ithaca College, and is completing his DMA from the Eastman School where he studied composition with Samuel Adler. For a young composer, he has composed in every medium but opera. A previous release on Albany Records (TROY149) contains his Magnificat, Feast of Carols and String Quartet No. 1. His most recent work is Hymn for Spring (1999) for Chorus and Orchestra.
Contents:
Stephen Shewan, composer
Elegy for String Orchestra
Moores School Symphony Orchestra Strings, Franz Anton Krager, conductor

Stephen Shewan, composer
The Prodigal Son
Roberts Wesleyan Chorale & Chamber Orchestra, Stephen Shewan, conductor, David Klopp, tenor, Jeffery Wilson, baritone, Alexander Burgess, bass, Judith Coen, soprano

Stephen Shewan, composer
Suite for Trumpet and Piano
Paul Shewan, trumpet, Stephen Shewan, piano

Stephen Shewan, composer
King David's Dance (And David danced before God with all his might)
Roberts Wesleyan Wind Ensemble, Paul Shewan, conductor

Stephen Shewan, composer
Awake My Soul/Morning Has Broken (And God said, Let there be light!)
Roberts Wesleyan Chorale, Paul Shewan, trumpet, Woodwind Quintet, Kevin Clarke, organ, Robert Shewan, conductor

Stephen Shewan, composer
Psalm 98 (Sing unto the Lord a new song)
Roberts Wesleyan Chorale, Paul Shewan, trumpet, Anne Honeywell, organ, Robert Shewan, conductor

Leo Sowerby, composer (arr. Shewan)
Come, Risen Lord (Do this always in remembrance of me)
Roberts Wesleyan Chorale & Brass Ensemble, James Bobb, organ, Robert Shewan, conductor

Review:
"Stephen Shewan is [a] very talented composer worthy of much higher acclaim than he has attained already. He has the unique ability to join atonal techniques with romanticism, resulting in music that is more than mere mental manipulation of pitches. It is highly evocative and expressive." (American Record Guide)
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