Daniel Baldwin, Tabor College director of bands and assistant professor of instrumental music, recently traveled to Mercer University in Macon, Ga., to attend the premiere of “Landscapes,” a musical piece he wrote based on the life of landscape painter Frederick Edwin Church.
“Landscapes” was performed by members of the Mercer faculty on Sept. 8. Baldwin wrote the piece for clarinet, horn, bassoon, and piano. It is the 48th original composition by Baldwin.
“My work is in three movements, each modeled after a specific painting and a period in the artist’s life,” Baldwin said. “The first, titled ‘Of Tomorrow’s Promise; West Rock, New Haven, 1849,’ is a celebration of new beginnings as Church saw fame and riches very early in his career.
“The second movement, ‘Of Pain and Sorrows, Twilight: Mount Desert Island, Maine, 1865,’ is a musical representation of the most painful period of his life,” Baldwin said. “In the middle of the Civil War, both his children contracted diphtheria and passed away within one week of each other.
“The final movement, ‘Of Quiet Reflection; Mount Katahdin from Millinocket Camp, 1895,’ is my musical depiction of what I imagine it was like for Church in the final years of his life,” Baldwin said. “Despite being crippled by arthritis, he attempted this one final painting that, I believe, harkened back to his youth in therapeutic reflection on his very interesting life.”
While at Mercer, Baldwin also presented master classes to education and music majors.