Golgatha. Introduction and chaconne for trombone and organ (2009)

Duration: 11 Minutes

Movements: Introduction and chaconne

Instrumentation: Trombone (tenor-base-trombone) and organ (with 3 manuals and pedal)

Solo instruments: Organ

Publisher of notes/sheet music: Schott Music, ED 20519, 2009

Introduction: The mystery of Golgatha is a central element of christian religion

The cruelty and burden of the Passion can be heard in the introduction. A bell-like C-sharp can be heard 7x7 times in the middle movement 'Adagio Doloroso' and flows into the chaconne in 7/8 time. The chaconne with its rotating harmony pattern is a symbol of the recurring rituals of transformation. The 7/8 time coupled with puzzlingly floating emphasis is a symbol of mystery. The sound of the trombone awakes in us the ultimate belief that judgement day is the destination of all beings.

Dedication: For Josef Still, cathedral organist in Trier, - who I have know and appreciated for over fifteen years now

World premiere: 05.01.2009, Trier Cathedral
Performers at world premiere: Stefan Geiger, solo trombonist of the NDR Hamburg symphony orchestra, and Josef Still, cathedral organist in Trier

Records: Organum classic OGM 291071, 2009
Performers on recording: Stefan Geiger, solo trombonist of the NDR Hamburg symphony orchestra, and Josef Still, cathedral organist in Trier Cathedral

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