In arranging It Came Upon a Midnight Clear I envisioned a lone church in a field at midnight, stars shining, and lightly snowing. I treated the trumpets in a way that I hope would result in the sound of bells, hopefully pealing in the night.

 

And the ending, pulling away from the church while the world sleeps is one of my favorite creations.

 

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear is available from Cimarron Music at: http://www.cimarronmusic.com/carols-for-brass-set-1283

 

This piece has not been recorded, so the mp3 file is a FINALE MIDI audio extract (not the greatest sound, but certainly gives you the idea of how the piece goes).

Midnight Clear - R. Volkmann
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