ADORAtion of the shepherds
Composed July and August, 2017
Instrumentation: 2 2(E.H.) 2 2 - 2 2 0 0; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
The listener is presented with an original tune, played on plucked strings, which harkens back to the pastorale style of a shepherd. Suddenly, a host of brass instruments appear proclaiming good news of great joy. In an effort to mimic the da Lodi painting, the music continually shifts focus between the events of adoration (harp melody) and proclamation (brass interjection). In the midst of this musical dialogue the lowly shepherd tune is exalted and joins with the highest “choirs” of the orchestra.
-NATHAN WILSON BALL
March 10, 11, 2018. Allentown Symphony Orchestra, Diane Wittry, conductor; Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, PA.
Winner of the Allentown Symphony Association’s "Pictures at an Exhibition" Composer Competition