The Seven Last Words of Christ (1899) by Francois-Clement Theodore Dubois 4/5/10

April 5, 2010

Last week was holy week, and we heard many music related to Easter. One of them was the Seven Last Words of Christ. It is a romantic and appealing music, and some moment reminded me of Puccini’s opera. There are 3 components  chorus, soloists, and chamber orchestra, and it is constructed in the good balance. It is very interesting there are only 3 soloists without alto–??  It seems alto voice can be perfect for this text to express. I guess it was composed in the height of romantic era, and the composer wanted to be flashy? It was a very nice performance at our church fitting into the Holy Thursday service. We left church quietly after the service to observe the meaning of this day.

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