A 'Tone Poem' is a story told by musical instruments and could also be called 'sound pictures' - describing things, places, persons and events. The most well known tone poems of the American West are the 'Grand Canyon Suite' (1931) by Ferde Grofe and Aaron Copland's 'Billy the Kid' (1938) and 'Rodeo' (1942). Grofe lived near the Grand Canyon for a period of time and was inspired by its magnificence, and Copland was fascinated with the story of the western character - Billy the Kid.
Montana Dreams CD
Paints a picture of the beautiful Montana 'High Line,' traveling on its way from west to east in nature's setting and is a serious work in eight movements in the classical style yet with influences of jazz and is a noble contribution to the 'American' heritage'. The album showcases Doug's unique blend of smooth jazz and symphonic nuance. Doug underpins the whole effort with his masterful playing on many horns - flugelhorn, trumpet and French horn among them.
Streams of Yellowstone
A Yellowstone Adventure of poems and photos
Starting with the Gallatin River, the book captures the flora, fauna and geological uniqueness interpreted through Doug’s poetic prospective and Janet’s visual impressions. Streams of Yellowstone's full color photos is set in a new and fresh medium that will educate and inspire readers to enjoy the marvelous aesthetics of Yellowstone National Park.
Streams of Yellowstone CD
Streams of Yellowstone continues the development of the American tone poem characterized by its use of orchestra and jazz. It is fresh, imaginative and exceedingly personal, with the composer's profound appreciation of creation, matched with his artistry in performance. The addition of Native American flutes in this project connects the rich heritage of this region with its natural surroundings.