Hark! A Christmas Celebration for Trumpet and Organ

Hark! A Christmas Celebration for Trumpet and Organ

Independent (2010)



HornPipes! Duo, Pamela Smitter-Baker-Trumpet & Michael Bloss-Organ


  1. Of the Father’s Love Begotten, Plainchant: Divinium Mysterium, .46
  2. Washet auf! Ruft uns die Stimme (verse 1), Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713-1780), 2:26
  3. Chorale: “Nun seid ihr wohl gerochen” (Christmas Oratorio BWV 248), Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), 2:29
  4. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (Messiah HWV 50), George Frederic Handel (1685-1759), 4:52
  5. Wachet auf! Ruft uns die Stimme (verse 2) Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713-1780), 4:04
  6. If With all your Hearts (Elijah) Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), 2:48
  7. Organ Toccata on “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” (An Advent Christmas Suite), Alfred V. Fedak (b. 1953), 2:06
  8. Gloria in Excelsis Deo (Angels We Have Heard on High) arr. Jean Thilde, 1:45
  9. Ave Maria Op. 52 No. 6 Franz Schubert (1797-1828), 2:13
  10. Wachet auf! Ruft uns die Stimme (verse 3), Johann Ludwig Krebs, (1713-1780), 3:47
  11. The Adoration of the Shepherds – A Meditation for Trumpet and Organ, Ronald Royer (b.1959) World Premiere Recording, 8:16
  12. Ave Maria, Guilio Caccini (1551-1618) arr. Nicholas Palmer, ASCAP, 4:33
  13. A Rondo for Christmas, Naji Hakim (b.1955), 4:53
  14. Dieu Parmi Nous (La Nativite), Olivier Messiaen, (1908-1992), 7:36

Ronald Royer – The Adoration of the Shepherds, A Meditation for Trumpet and Organ (8:16)

The Adoration is based on two verses (Luke 2:9-10) from the King James version of the Bible. The composition is divided into three continuous parts, based upon three selections of text.

  1. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them,
  2. And they were sore afraid.
  3. And the Angel said unto them, Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tiding of great joy, which shall be to all people.

In Part One of the composition, the music is slow and unmetered, creating an atmosphere of mystery and suspense as the Shepherds realize something unusual is about to happen.

In Part Two, the tempo of the music accelerates and builds in intensity, all the while creating a mood of increasing apprehension. This second section features a dramatic trumpet melody and a fugato section for both the trumpet and organ.

Part Three begins with a chorale-like idea introduced by the organ. The feat and suspense pass, resolving into joy.

The Adoration of the Shelpherds was written in the fall of 1998 and is dedicated to Erik Schultz and Jan Overduin. The premiere performances took place in Germany in December 1998.

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