Use: Advent, Lent
Required Resources: SATB choir
The powerful text from Joel 2:1 ("Blow the trumpet in Zion") paradoxically has use in both Advent and Lent.
During Advent it is found as an antiphon on the Fourth Sunday of Advent, for Morning Prayer in the new form and for Vespers in the older form.
On Ash Wednesday, the First Reading is from the second chapter of Joel, with its admonish to "Blow the trumpet in Zion! proclaim a fast."
This concise motet by Mark Siebert easily could serve both seasons.
Reeds are called for in the organ accompaniment and the voice parts often mimic the trumpet sound, often antiphonally.
A milder middle section uses homophonic writing and softer accompaniment.
For Advent use, the piece can be sung as written, faithful to the Advent antiphon text, which ends with "Alleluia."
During Lent, one can use the optional "Hosanna" ending given by the composer.
A translation of the text is:
Blow the trumpet in Zion, for the day of the Lord is here.
Behold! He comes to saves us.