Night Journey of the Magi

2019
harp & winds
(fl.cl.bsn.hn.hp)
duration: 3:33

A medley of three carols set for a unique ensemble of harp and winds.

My inspiration to create this medley was the notion of combining the tunes of three carols (Noël Nouvelet, Il Est Ne, & Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring), and — removing them somewhat from the context of their texts — depicting the dramatic and mysterious journey of the three Magi.

Having separated the tunes from their texts, I was free to use their melodic and harmonic gestures in order to convey the narrative.

Night Journey of the Magi (electronic rendering); (trad./arr. J.T.McKinney) © 2019 J.T. McKinney

Premiered 7 December, 2019, at Grace Episcopal Church, Traverse City, MI: Manitou Winds.