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The Composer's notes on "The Trumpet Shall Sound"

Thank you for your interest in this song. It is a joyously invigorating piece based on 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, a passage which many of us are quite familiar.
    Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
A shofar (Shophar) is a ram's horn. It is the predecessor to all brass instruments, but is traditionally translated "trumpet." The first place we see them in the scriptures they are being used by the Israelis as a vessel of war as they overthrew Jericho (see Joshua Chapter 6). It seems apparent that when the people of Israel were at Mount Sinai they witnessed lightning, thunder, fire, smoke, and the sound of "a very loud trumpet" (Exodus 19). They may have never heard such a sound before. They may have gone about and tried to imitate the sound they heard until they blew through a ram's horn. If the "trumpet" they heard at Sinai was "the first trumpet", then the sound we await "at the last trumpet" will surely sound much the same.

Today you can purchase two kinds of "Shofars" (Shophrot). The small traditional ram's horn is common, but the African antelope horn is much more like a bugle, producing a number of pitches into the overtone series. The longer the "horn" the more notes you can get from it.

Orchestration: This piece is written for advanced brass players, especially the trumpets. Woodwind parts are a little less challenging and include flute, clarinet, alto and tenor saxophones. The strings are also less challenging, but still require players that are developing well. There is a piano/vocal score, and an accompaniment track is also available.

Great blessings in Him,

Jim Wingerter


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