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Title: Seven Last Words of Christ by Paul Frehner by Soundstreams

Author Name: Soundstreams

Description: In this series of seven musical meditations on the words spoken by Jesus on the cross, Frehner makes dramatic use of counterpoint and other forms of superimposition to explore the meanings and universal resonances of the texts. Whispered fragments of Psalm 22 surround the opening section of the first movement, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” In “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” the passing of time is suggested by the recitation of additional fragments of Psalm 22 and by extended periods of silence. And in the penultimate movement, “It is finished,” Christ’s words are overlaid upon a rhythmically displaced modal setting of Hans Leo Hassler’s O Sacred Head, Now Wounded. The work ends with the soloist singing on a pitch outside of the mode, thus reserving a sense of harmonic resolution as the wait for Easter morning begins. Cantata for high voice, choir, and string orchestra. This work was premiered on March 16, 2008 at 'The Last Seven Words' concert presented by Soundstreams at St Anne's Anglican Church in Toronto (Canada) For more information about Paul Frehner and his work, visit our SoundMakers website: