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