We Three Kings

Instrumentation

 

2 Flutes
Oboe
English Horn
2 B  Clarinets
2 Bassoons

4 Horns in F
3 Trumbets in C
2 Trombones
Bass Trombone
Tuba

Timpani
Pitched Percussion

Glockenspiel, Crotales, Metalophone, Chimes

Unpitched Percussion
Gourd, Djembe, Tambourine, Large Gong, Suspended Cymbal, Triangle, Snare Drum

Harp

Tenor, Baritone, and Bass Soloists

SATB Choir

Violin Solo
Violin I
Violin II
Viola
Cello
Contrabass

Synthesizer (Organ Pedal)

 

Program Notes

An imaginative setting of this beloved carol, "We Three Kings," arranged by Adam Kunsberg and Douglas Mears, paints a vivid musical picture of the Magi's journey to Bethlehem. The colorful orchestration portrays each of the three kings as they present their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. A virtuoso violin solo weaves a middle eastern flavor throughout this unique arrangement featuring a trio of male vocal soloists and accessible choral parts.