by Christopher Morrissey, The Imaginative Conservative:
Holy Week is an particularly fruitful time for prayerful meditation. There are many liturgical occasions at which one could have interaction within the observe. In my neck of the woods, there are additionally many public live shows that provide musical compositions acceptable to the season.
One of my favorites is Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross, which I all the time discover to be a unprecedented and shifting expertise every time I get the possibility to listen to it reside. It may be very highly effective within the model Haydn tailored for string quartet, which I discover to be completely excellent music for meditative reflections. This 12 months I’ll once more be in search of it out wherever I can discover it being performed on Good Friday. Haydn is reported to have thought-about this piece his best achievement, and I concur.
I discover it fascinating to mirror on the “Seven Last Words” as a result of the Gospels give various accounts of Christ’s demise on the cross. Viewed as a complete, nevertheless, the Gospel testimony could also be woven collectively into a musical synthesis offering a single narrative:
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