The Adoration of the Shepherds, A Meditation for Trumpet and Organ

The Adoration of the Shepherds, A Meditation for Trumpet and Organ

Versions:

  • Trumpet and Organ (1998)

Works

Technical Information

Duration – 7:00

The Adoration of the Shepherds, A Meditation for Trumpet and Organ (1998)

  1. Part I (“And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them”)
  2. Part II (“And they were sore afraid”)
  3. Part III (“And the angel said unto them, Fear not:  for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people”.)

(Based on Luke 2:9-10)

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Program Notes

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.

First Performances

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.

Eighth Note Publications Information

Composed by Ronald Royer. Brass – B-flat Cornet (Trumpet) Solo; Solo; Solo Small Ensembles. Eighth Note Publications: Erik Schultz Trumpet and Organ. Contemporary. Part(s). Duration 00:06:57. Eighth Note Publications #81-ESTO986. Published by Eighth Note Publications (AP.81-ESTO986).

Item Number: AP.81-ESTO986

ISBN 1554720214. English.

This bold and exciting work was commissioned by the trumpet and organ duo of Erik Schultz and Jan Overduin. Premiered in Germany, this three-sectioned work explores colours and textures available to the trumpet and the many stops on the organ. Contrasting sections, soloistic material for both players and interesting chromatic writing make this a great addition to the repertoire.

The Adoration of the Shepherds was recorded for the Hark! album

Recordings:

Back cover of the Hark! album