The Music of Stephen Shewan
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Stephen Shewan is an award-winning composer who has filled numerous commissions for orchestra, band, choir, vocal and instrumental chamber music. Please contact him here if you are interested in commissioning a piece.
What Our Listeners Say
The March 2016 ITG Journal included a review of the Suite for Trumpet and Piano. Brian
Winegardner writes, “This is an intriguing and unique composition that
many performers and audiences will be delighted to experience.”
Critic Katie Johnson of Horn Call says, “the Sonata
for horn and piano features contemporary sounds presented in an
accessible way… It is a strong new work for horn that deserves to be
performed often… Congratulations to Stephen Shewan for this excellent
addition to the repertoire. February 2016.
Barry Kilpatrick (2016) of the American Record Guide writes, “the
Elegy for Strings is a melancholy work with beautiful climaxes.
Movement II of the Sonata for clarinet and piano is a beautiful Ballad.
Shewan’s music garnered acclaim years ago from David Bond (2000) and
Philip Greenfield (2006). I like it, too.”
Colin Clark of Fanfare says, “that Hoedown! is
terrific fun” and in King David’s Dance, “jazz meets pop meets bop meets
mambo meets Stravinsky in this music orgy of biblical proportions. It’s
all great fun.” November/December 2015
Now available! Just Sayin’ is a 5’15” work
for trombone and piano. It was written for trombonist Joshua Britton in
the summer/fall of 2015. It’s got attitude and it’s not for the faint of
heart:) The demo recording is available under the Just Sayin’ icon in
the chamber instrumental products section. Check it out and please let
me know what you think!
Release of NEW CD!! June 1, 2015 Albany Records released Stephen Shewan Orchestral and Instrumental Music TROY 1569.The disc includes Celebration Overture for Orchestra, Elegy for String Orchestra, Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Sonata for Horn and Piano, Suite for Trumpet and Piano, Hoedown! for Brass Quintet, Suite for Marice and King David’s Dance for Wind Ensemble.
Commission of two choral works: Christ Has No Body But Yours, text by Teresa of Avila and All Creation Is a Song of Praise, text
by Hidegard Von Bingen for the women of Bella Voce, Northwest Nazarene
University, Nampa Idaho, Dr. Judy Marlett, conductor. Premier March 10,
Stephen Shewan is a considerable composer who deserves a wide audience.
Stephen Shewan is a very talented composer,
worthy of much higher acclaim than he has attained already. His music is
highly evocative and expressive.
American Record Guide
The Celebration Overture has an infectious
energy brought about via bright orchestration and stompable rhythms, a
sort of Copland but with Bernstein’s fire…the Elegy is moving…the
splendidly intimate central ballad of the Sonata for clarinet and
piano…if the spirit of Ives does to an extent hang around the finale
(March) the wit is all Shewan’s.
The most pleasurable work (on the program), A
Celebration Overture (for orchestra) was unabashedly boisterous. Many
times, its style was cubist Aaron Copland’s harmonies, rhythms and
colors like his, but cut up and re-spliced, imaginatively and
The Houston Chronicle
(Shewan) shows a well-developed understanding of
choral voice leading, good control over it’s potential for expressing
excitement, and a comfortable command of both lyrical expression and
varied romantic-to-modern harmonization.
The Buffalo News