Last Words

Voicing: SATB divisi, with octet
Accompaniment:  a cappella

Text:

Why have you, God, forsaken me?
(Mark 15:34)           
Father, forgive. They know not what they do
(Luke 23:34)
Today you will be with me in paradise.
(Luke 23:34)
Woman, behold your son.
(John 19:26)
I thirst.
(John 19:28)             
Into your hands I commend my spirit.
(Luke 23:46)
It is finished.
(John 19:30) 
                                           

Notes:

Spread among the three Gospel crucifixion stories are seven evocative statements by Jesus, collectively known as the Seven Last Words of Christ.  In this piece, these statements are set using a blend of English and Latin text--the combination designed to evoke a sense of timelessness.  The use of an octet within the larger choir serves to reinforce the personal, intimate nature of these words.  Harmonically, the piece seeks to capture the inherent tension and drama of the story as told in the Gospels.

Studio Recording:  Matthew Curtis and Choral Tracks studio recording