Night Journey of the Magi
harp & winds
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.
Premiered 7 December, 2019, at Grace Episcopal Church, Traverse City, MI: Manitou Winds.