By tradition, the angel’s announcement to the shepherds of the Messiah’s birth is paired with an idyllic instrumental piece. Often entitled pastorale, these works typically flow gently in 6/8 meter in the manner of a lullaby. The type originated in Italy, where rural shepherds followed an old tradition of playing such music on their shawms as they came into town on Christmas morning. An especially charming work of this sort was composed by German composer C. Adolf Lorenz. Lorenz succeeded Carl Loewe as the principal music director/teacher in Szczecin in 1866. He composed several oratorios, two operas, a symphony and several motets, organ works, songs, and teaching pieces. Originally for string trio, harmonium and piano, this arrangement retains the piano and replaces the strings and harmonium with brass quintet. The arrangement features horn, first trumpet and piano.
This version for brass quintet is arranged by William J. Bullock
Score and parts included: Trumpet 1 in C, Trumpet 2 in C (or flugelhorn), Horn, Trombone, Tuba