Category:  Chamber Music , Organ / Sacred Music

Movements: Introduction and chaconne

Duration: 11 Minutes

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

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

Solo instruments: Organ

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