‘The trumpet shall sound … and we shall be changed.’ The trumpet has from ancient times been an instrument which heralds occasions of great importance, and this particular Trumpet Tune
emblazons the acoustic of St Bartholomew’s with overtones of celebration and ceremony, music to bring praise worthy of the exhortation of the psalmist … ‘Praise him with trumpet’ … and to bring a sense of awe at the revelation of the majesty which inspired the builders of great places of worship.
Its composer was Professor of organ studies at the Arizona State University in Tempe. He has taken the seventeenth-century English trumpet tunes as his model, refashioned with the heraldic harmonies of the present age.
from notes by Ian Carson © 1992