- January 17, 2018 at 4:40 pm #553488
I have done several settings of this text, or responses thereof, on Good Friday. Last year we did the Haydn Seven Last Words. This year I am thinking about taking some individual pieces of differing styles as responses or meditations on the 7 Last Words. Has anybody done this, or would like to offer favorite pieces in this genre. I have a pretty well-balanced choir of 25 or so, and a cappella and divisi is ok.
Music Director, St. Paul UCC, Belleville, ILJanuary 17, 2018 at 9:01 pm #553491
Michael A. GrayParticipant
You might check out Daniel Pinkham’s “The Small Passion” for pipe organ and choir. It consists of a Prelude and seven very short antiphones from Richard Crenshaw’s “Office of the Holy Cross.” The performance I remember had spoken poetry interspersed (sorry, my notes didn’t list the poems). The music was challenging, startling, and beautiful.
Hope that helps!
Michael A. Gray
http://www.graymichael.comJanuary 18, 2018 at 8:23 am #553501
For such an inquiry , you have a fantastic tool to get ideas : Musica database!
Go to http://www.musicanet.org (or better, if you are a member of ACDA, to http://www.acda.org -> Membership resources, then Musica). Ask there, in the Keywords field, for “seven words”.
You will receive a list of 20 answers…
Jean SturmJanuary 18, 2018 at 8:24 am #553505
Other “Seven Last Words” to check out
James MacMillan and Paul Carr.
Both excellentJanuary 18, 2018 at 9:31 am #553508
As you are looking for single pieces, “I thirst” suggests Herbert Howells’ “Like as the Hart”. That requires an organ, as does my other suggestion, “Great is your Faithfulness” by Helen Williams, my wife.
Here is a sound cloud link.
That takes a text from Lamentations from “The Lord has done what he purposed…” through to “I will trust in Him”, which takes you neatly from “It is finished” to “Into your hands, I commend my spirit”. It also needs a baritone soloist, being written for a friend whose birthday happened to fall on Holy Saturday.
I’ll keep thinking about the other five.
Nigel.January 18, 2018 at 2:32 pm #553513
You might consider my “Verba Ultima” for SATB and soprano saxophone. Duration is c. 11:00. Here’s the link to my website Compositions page:
which includes an audio clip, two pages of perusal score, notes and texts, and a link to Paypal for purchase.
Thanks for considering!
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