The Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross-Joseph Haydn


Haydn wrote "The Seven Last Words" commissioned by a wealthy priest in the Spanish 'Cadiz'.

The piece, first performed as an orchestral work around 1786, has appeared in the course of the years in several other versions. There were, for example, transcriptions made for choir, for orchestra with soloists, piano and string quartet.

Each movement highlights one of the cross words of the Christ. The piece ends with 'Il Terremoto "the earthquake. This last movement describes the nature of violence after Christ expired. The Kurios Clarinet Quartet made their own arrangement of the string quartet version. During the concert the quartet collaborates with visual artist Peter van Es. He creates during the concert on stage alongside the musicians the translation to the canvas. From 2012 onward the Kurios Clarinet Quartet performs the work several times a year, usually in the Lent. An impressive experience for ear and eye.

Afterwards usually the audience gathers around the canvas to have a talk with Peter and the quartet members.

All in all a unique crossover between music and visual arts, which leads to special interaction between the audience, musicians and visual artist.

 


 

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