Messiah, Prince of Peace
(full orchestra) 7'20"
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A work of mystery and majesty centered on Christ's birth, death and resurrection.
Listen (mp3, 8.5 MB; St. Olaf Orchestra, Northfield, MN, Steven Amundson conducting)
This is the middle movement of Trinity Canticles which I wrote in 1989 for the Bloomington (MN) Symphony Orchestra. It is often used as a separate composition and has become the most performed orchestral work I have written. It has been used several times to open the popular St. Olaf Christmas Festival at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. It is a serene work featuring mainly slow, sustained strings at the beginning and the end. In the middle section, the winds are given quotations of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" and "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded", calling attention to the central events in the life of Christ.