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Music of Harry Hewitt / David Oberg, National Polish RSO

Album Summary

>Hewitt, Harry Donald : Symphony no 1
>Hewitt, Harry Donald : Preludes (24) for Strings
>Hewitt, Harry Donald : Symphony no 32 (in 1 movement)
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Hewitt, born in Detroit, spent most of his life in the Philadelphia area. He composed over 400 works, including 32 symphonies. He spent little time advancing or publicizing his own career. His efforts were largely concerned with assisting young composers in securing performances of their own works. He also published his own poetry and essays on music. And, yes, his Symphony No. 1 was written when he was only 16 (already his Op. 40). Unlike the prevailing trends of the time, this was not music that surged forward across the fruited plains, reveling in the beauty of a desert sunrise. The Symphony No. 1 is austere, with a creative use of passing dissonance, and very introspective. This is music of lengthening shadows and dark moods. The same can be said of Symphony No. 32, a work that shares the same economy of form and structure. If Hewitt's music can be compared to anyone, the early works of Cowell or Riegger come to mind. Not surprisingly, there are moments in the Preludes for Strings that foreshadow Herrmann's Psycho scores of years later! A truly fascinating release.



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Works Details

>Hewitt, Harry Donald : Symphony no 1
  • Conductor: David Oberg
  • Ensemble: Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 15 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Hewitt, Harry Donald : Preludes (24) for Strings :: Prelude no 5
  • Conductor: David Oberg
  • Ensemble: Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Hewitt, Harry Donald : Preludes (24) for Strings :: Prelude no 8
  • Conductor: David Oberg
  • Ensemble: Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Hewitt, Harry Donald : Preludes (24) for Strings :: Prelude no 9
  • Conductor: David Oberg
  • Ensemble: Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Hewitt, Harry Donald : Preludes (24) for Strings :: Prelude no 13
  • Conductor: David Oberg
  • Ensemble: Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Hewitt, Harry Donald : Symphony no 32 (in 1 movement)
  • Conductor: David Oberg
  • Ensemble: Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 24 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern