3 - 10 April 2020 - Camogli (Italy)
Conductor: Chiara Banchini
Joseph HAYDN: Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze
Concerts on 9 April 2020 in Genoa
Concert on 10 April 2020
"Some fifteen years ago I was requested by a canon of Cádiz to compose instrumental music on the Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross. It was customary at the Cathedral of Cádiz to produce an oratorio every year, the effect of the performance being not a little enhanced by the following circumstances. The walls, windows and pillars of the church were hung with black cloth, and only one large lamp hanging from the centre of the roof broke the solemn darkness. After a short service the bishop ascended the pulpit, pronounced the first of the seven words and delivered a discourse thereon. This ended, he left the pulpit and fell to his knees before the altar. The interval was filled by music. The bishop then in like manner pronounced the second word, then the third, and so on, the orchestra following on the conclusion of each discourse. My composition was subject to these conditions." (F.J. Haydn, 1804).