New Music: "The Adoration of the Magi"

December 25, 2012 13:54

In the ancient world, even more than now, the wealthy passed on wealth to their children, the powerful passed on power to theirs, and the poor passed on poverty to theirs. "Upward mobility" and "rags to riches" simply weren't options in the ancient world. So in that context imagine the Wise Men coming to see a King, and find a baby, with an unwed mother (a capital offense in those days) and a blue collar step-dad, sleeping in a carport because the Motel 6 is full. It might look serene on the outside—sleeping baby in mommy's arms, cows softly mooing—but any Wise Man/Woman worthy of the name would have nuclear explosions going off in their brain. Hence the concept of this piece: "The Adoration of the Magi" for brass quintet and pipe organ.

The mp3 is here

The pdf of the score is here

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