Guidonian Hand‘s debut recording is finally out and it’s a doozy — an incredible performance of Jeremy Howard Beck‘s “Awakening,” composed for trombone quartet. Beck won the 2011 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award for the piece and the group puts everything they have into this incredibly adventurous, moving, and spiritual music.
From the quartet:
“Awakening” has been a special piece for us, we have closed concerts with it all over the country over the last two years and rarely do we not have multiple audience members come up to us afterwards to convey their profound appreciation of it…
Each movement is based on one of four different shofar calls, the Tekiah (Blast), Shevarim (Broken), Teruah (Alarm), and Tekiah Gedolah (Big Blast). The music reflects Beck’s reaction to the massive nationwide protests which followed the passage of Proposition 8 in California and, in his words, “exists somewhere between protest chant and liturgical calls, an equal mix of joy and outrage, belonging and alienation. The word ‘awakening’ means to me that we can never go back to the way things were.”
“Awakening” was recorded in surround sound on March 9, 2011 in the Greenfield Recital Hall at the Manhattan School of Music. It’s now available on iTunes, Amazon (mp3), and Bandcamp (in all formats including MP3 320, FLAC, VBR, ALAC).