Jean-Toussaint Radoux succeeded Massart as horn teacher in Liège in 1856. During Radoux's tenure as horn teacher the number of students increased and at one point in time as many as seventeen students were enrolled. Radoux had particular ideas about the training programme and re-introduced the natural horn as part of the training programme in 1863. His brother, Jean-Théodore (Liège, 1835–1911) became director of the Liège Conservatoire 1857.
Meditation was most probably written by Théodore for one of the exams in the horn class of Toussaint Radoux in the 1860s. An exact dating of this piece has not been possible, the first mention of the work appears in the exam lists of the Ghent Conservatoire in 1894 and the orchestral material present in the library of the Liège Conservatoire (54057) is dated as1899. Judging on the style we can suppose that the work has been written much earlier as is confirmed by the archives of the Strasbourg Conservatoire where the piece was probably performed by one of Stenebruggen's students in 1873. As it seems unlikely that the piece would have appeared in Strasbourg immediately after its writing, Stenebruggen must have received it from Radoux upon one of his trips to his homeland.
The original instrumentation calls for a valve horn in F and string quartet, which, as will be explored below, confirms the idea that the work was intended to be played at an exam. Given the prominent violin solos in the original, the work was arranged as a trio for horn, violin and piano especially for this recording by Jan Huylebroeck and as such makes a great encore for future performances of the Brahms Trio Opus 40.