Chris Meyer: Composer - Orchestrator - Arranger - Pianist

Union Station, Toronto

Kings of Orient

A dazzling setting of the classic carol for symphony orchestra.

This setting of the carol We Three Kings introduces us to ancient kings upon their arrival in the city of Bethlehem. I was inspired by my childhood recollections of a recording of the carol starring Mario Lanza where each king was represented by a different voice with Mario coming in for the last, heroic verse. The first king is imperial and presents gold; the second king is cultured, bearing frankincense; and the third is solemn, offering myrrh. Together they celebrate the birth of a new king with music that resounds to the heavens.

Duration:4:15 min.
Instrumentation: /
3+T hp strings
Composition Date:December 2004/revised 2014

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