Our next concert is a different one for us where several distinctive strands converge.
One of our members had an opportunity to hear a work performed in a European Festival and was immensely moved by the music and the poetry readings added to it. The Windermere String Quartet, who have performed with us previously, know this work. The timing of the concert is the week before Easter. Another good friend, Eric Friesen is available for the readings and loves the work. All of these strands have come together for us to present Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross on Monday March 26, 2018 as our final offering for this season.
The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross (Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze) was originally written as an orchestral work by Joseph Haydn, and was commissioned in 1786 for the Good Friday service at Oratorio de la Santa Cueva in Cádiz, Spain. Haydn adapted it in 1787 for string quartet and later in 1796 as an oratorio (with both solo and choral vocal forces), and he also approved a version for solo piano.
The seven main meditative sections—labelled “sonatas” and all slow—are framed by a slow Introduction and a fast “Earthquake” conclusion, for a total of nine movements. It is a work of outstanding power and never fails to move its listeners. We are pleased to welcome back the Windermere String Quartet for the second time as well as writer and broadcaster Eric Friesen. We have chosen a number of readings for the occasion including those of a Canadian poet who will also be in attendance.
Yon can read more about the composition and the artists here.
Tickets are $28 and may be purchased here.