Haydn for Holy Week

Posted on April 12th, 2017 in News

​Our annual concert of Joseph Haydn’s magnificent work ‘The Seven Last Words from the Cross’ is always very special and today’s performance was no exemption. The talented string ensemble comprised of Penny Saunders (Violin), Helen Saunders (Violin), Alan Thorogood (Cello) and Francis Sounders (Viola) has generously gifted the centre with their time and talent. This year all donations received from the concert went to support the Bishop’s Lent Appeal Sowing Seeds for Tomorrow. An audience of over 40 people listened with rapt attention for the full hour. Afterwards, everyone was able to mingle and enjoy chatting over coffee. Many thanks to our audience members who also helped us to clear up and put chairs away.

Haydn composed this music in 1785 at the request of Marques Valde-Inigo who was Bishop of Cadiz. At the time there was a Lenten custom in the Church of Santa Cueva to have spiritual exercises and a Passion play. Haydn was asked to compose solemn music to frame meditations on the Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross. Accordingly he produced seven slow movements, each one with the title Sonata, prefaced by an Introduzione concluding with a short shattering piece It Terremoto.

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