Happy Holy Week!  This post and the next will present the oratorio “The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross” that I wrote back in 2009.  Of course, there is nothing more appropriate for this week than a setting of this work.  Currently, I am revising the piece, something I don’t do very often.  I suppose it is because the piece is very dear to me and at the time I wrote it, I poured everything I had into this single work.  The most important parameter that I gave myself for the piece was simply that my choir at the Monastery could sing it.  One challenge I continuously face is simply one of accessibility.  And not accessibility in the sense of whether the music is “traditional” or “contemporary,” but accessibility in the sense that a small choir of about ten people can pull it off.  Out of that was born this piece.  I’ll explain the revisions when the second post comes later this week.

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