Orchestral & Instrumental Music
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Imaginative compositions by Stephen Shewan for orchestra, wind ensemble and chamber groups.

Composer Stephen Shewan (b. 1962) is a graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College and Ithaca College, and received his DMA from the Eastman School of Music. Now the director of bands at Williamsville East High School, he is active as a guest conductor, pianist, and clinician. Winner of the 2011 Choral Composition Festival at Ithaca College and recipient of the 2011 Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts from the College Board, Shewan has had performances of his music from orchestras and ensembles across the United States and Europe. His music has been called imaginative and infectious by critics. This disc offers a collection of his compositions for orchestra, wind ensemble, brass quintet and wind instruments, featuring sonatas for horn, trumpet, and clarinet. This is the third recording on Albany Records devoted exclusively to his music.
Contents:
Stephen Shewan, composer
Celebration Overture
Moores School Symphony Orchestra; Franz Anton Krager, conductor

Stephen Shewan, composer
Elegy for String Orchestra
Moores School Symphony Orchestra; Franz Anton Krager, conductor

Stephen Shewan, composer
Sonata for Clarinet & Piano
Alice Meyer, clarinet; Stephen Shewan, piano

Stephen Shewan, composer
Sonata for Horn & Piano
Emily Britton, horn; Stephen Shewan, piano

Stephen Shewan, composer
Suite for Trumpet & Piano
Paul Shewan, trumpet; Stephen Shewan, piano

Stephen Shewan, composer
Hoedown! For Brass Quintet
Virginia Brass Quintet

Stephen Shewan, composer
Suite for Marice for Wind Ensemble
Roberts Wesleyan College Wind Ensemble; Paul Shewan, conductor

Stephen Shewan, composer
King David's Dance for Wind Ensemble
Roberts Wesleyan College Wind Ensemble; Paul Shewan, conductor

Review:
"In the end, I agree with Katie Johnson (The Horn Call, 2/16) — this [Sonata for Horn & Piano] is a strong contemporary work that will be fun to hear on recitals in the future. Advanced players are required, but the piece will be worth the work. (The Horn Call - Jeff Snedeker)An advanced and mature student of professional would be best equipped to meet the demands of this work. Overall, this is an intriguing and unique composition that many performers and audiences will be delighted to experience. (Brian Winegardner, freelance musician, Charlotte, NC)

…An advanced and mature student or professional would be best equipped to meet the demands of this work (Suite for Trumpet and Piano). Overall, this is an intriguing and unique composition that many performers and audiences will be delighted to experience. (Brian Winegardner, International Trumpet Guild)
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