in memoriam: The Distant Fire – Unterseher

Trumpet and Organ, optional bass drum and suspended cymbal

A lament for trumpet and organ, watching a scene of war from a distance. The trumpet concludes with Taps.

Recording *Coming Soon*

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“in memoriam: The Distant Fire” was written for a Memorial Day service. We hear a slow lament, then the rumble and lights of far-away explosions and bugle calls. We return to the lament section, and conclude with Taps.


Note that the highest notes, starting in bar 29, are marked to be played on the 2′ Principal alone. They create a sparling, very high-pitched sound, but can almost not be heard as actual pitches. In the same way, when you play a cluster of notes at the bottom of the pedal board with only 16′ and 32′ stops pulled, it creates a rumbling oscillation, but not a clear pitch.

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About Reginald Unterseher

Reginald Unterseher is Music Director and Composer-in-Residence at Shalom United Church of Christ, Richland, Washington. His works are published by Oxford University Press, Walton Music, and through NW Choral Publishing at He is the Washington State Music Teacher’s Association’s “Composer of the Year” for 2013. Mr. Unterseher’s compositions are regularly performed throughout the world and have been featured at ACDA and MENC conventions in the US as well as at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He currently serves as Repertoire & Standards Chair for Men’s Choirs for the Northwest Division of the American Choral Director’s Association, and is in demand as a choral and vocal adjudicator and clinician. Mr. Untereseher is a past Artistic Director of Consort Columbia (now Mid-Columbia Mastersingers), founder and past Chorus Master of Washington East Opera, and an active member of Male Ensemble Northwest.