Musical settings of The Seven Last Words of Christ

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The Seven Last Words of Christ refers to the seven short phrases uttered by Jesus on the cross, as gathered from the four Christian Gospels. The Crucifixion of Jesus has served as inspiration to a great many visual artists and composers over the centuries. In particular, at least 16 composers have written musical settings of the Seven Last Words, for various combinations of voice and/or instruments.[1]

The best known of these settings is probably the instrumental setting by Joseph Haydn (see below), who produced two different arrangements of his own work—one of them for choir—and approved a third.

Chronological list of settings[edit]

Early Latin motet settings of the ultima septem verba (Genitive ultimis septem verbis Domini) can be found from 1500.[2][3]

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  1. ^ Church Music – 1973  – Page 10 "Eventually these settings of the Seven Words became a separate form of Passion music. Perhaps the most outstanding work in this genre in the Lutheran tradition is the work of Heinrich Schiitz.10 A number of composers in the first generations ..."
  2. ^ Literature, Music, Fine Arts – 22-24 1989 p189-190 "Langrock, Klaus. Die sieben Worte Jesu am Kreuz. Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der Passionsmusik (Ph.D., Musicology, Bochum, 1987) ...The present book, a dissertation of the University of Bochum, deals with settings of the Seven Words on the Cross, which are ... France and Italy since 1500, published or unpublished, which are based on the text of all the Words on the Cross."
  3. ^ Raymond Dittrich Die sieben letzten Worte Jesu in der Musik – 2001
  4. ^ Carl Halter, Carl Schalk A Handbook of church music 1978- Page 167 "Examples of settings of the Seven Words appropriate for church use are: Nystedt, Knut. The Seven Words from the Cross. Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1961. Setting for choir and soloist. Schuetz, Heinrich. The Seven Words of ..."

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