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Echoes From Calvary: Meditations on Franz Joseph Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ

Author: Richard Young, Editor January 28, 2017

This resource, a book of essays/meditations and two CD recordings (one all-music and one with spoken meditations interspersed), is a rich response to Haydn’s powerful work of 1787, The Seven Last Words of Christ. The 1787 performance of The Seven Last Words of Christ took place with full orchestra on Good Friday with a bishop reading scripture and offering brief meditations between the seven sonatas of the composition. Later, Haydn rewrote the music for a string quartet.  This resource features a Vermeer String Quartet perforance of the work, and the meditations are written by an ecumenical group of leading scholars and pastors such as Martin Marty, Raymond Brown, Martin Luther King Jr., and Jean Bethke Elshtain.  Although the resource would probably be most useful for individual listening, reflection and prayer, it could be used by an adult class or for group devotions during Lent, with people doing some reading and listening at home and sharing/discussing the relationship between the music and writings. Richard Young, editor and the violist of the Vermeer String Quartet, offers a chapter of comments about the music– how each sonata reflects, in its composition, aspects of the words it was written to accompany.  For more information or to order go to https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780742543843/Echoes-from-Calvary-Mediations-on-Franz-Joseph-Haydn’s-The-Seven-Last-Words-of-Christ