Echoes from Calvary: Meditations on Franz Joseph Haydn's The Seven Last Words of Christ
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This is a book that is certain to stir the soul with echoes, in both music and words, of the passion of Christ. That event transcends time or season; its power to uplift and inspire is endless.
In 1786 Franz Joseph Haydn wrote what he considered to be his greatest composition,
The Seven Last Words of Christ. Today it continues to provide musical and spiritual nourishment for millions through a format that links its seven main movements to spoken meditations on the seven final utterances of Jesus.
The Vermeer String Quartet, in dozens of performances of this masterpiece throughout the world, has been joined by some of the foremost religious figures of our time for meditations on the seven last words. This book offers printed versions of more than 60 of them, along with seven spoken meditations as part of the complete musical performance on one of the accompanying disks. Meditations include contributions by Martin Luther King, Jr., Martin Marty, Virgil Elizondo, Raymond Brown, Peter Gomes, Andrew Greeley, Jean Bethke Elshtain and many more. There are also in-depth essays by theologian Martin Marty, historian Grover A. Zinn, ethicist Jean Bethke Elshtain and the Vermeer's Richard Young. On a second disk, Young demonstrates how Haydn's composition embodies the emotion of the seven last words.
Echoes from Calvary offers many hours of spiritual reflection and devotion. It is a treasury of insights for any life, in any season.
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On Good Friday in 1787, Franz Joseph Haydn premiered his enduring string quartet The Seven Last Words of Christ, a musical meditation on the final sayings that Jesus was said to have uttered from the cross. Today, this work is still performed on Good Friday in some three-hour services that combine music with homilies about these last words. Young, the violist for the world-famous Vermeer quartet at Northern Illinois University, brings together some outstanding reflection and commentary on the seven words, from luminaries such as Martin Marty, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Peter Gomes, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Andrew Greeley. The book is divided into seven sections, with excerpts from about a dozen thinkers and preachers about each saying. Additional mini-essays deal with the interaction between the liturgical texts and Haydn's musical score; the history of meditation on Christ's last words; the meaning of the sayings for us today; and the community that has formed around the University of Chicago's annual Good Friday service, whose chapel has featured the Vermeer Quartet since 1997. Moreover, the book comes complete with a 2-CD set that contains the Vermeer Quartet's Grammy-nominated recording of Haydn's classic, along with seven spoken meditations. This marvelous pairing of music and great preaching will inspire Christians of many different traditions.
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Offers a musical and spiritual odyssey into the words of Christ on the cross. -- Phil Anderson,
Topeka Capital-Journal, (Ks)
Almost every page offers some fresh insight. -- Peter Steinfels,
The New York Times
Every day we must yield our spirit to grace. We can do so stubbornly, reluctantly, with protests and complaints. We can curse the dimming of the light. Or we can go gracefully into the night as Jesus did, firm in the knowledge that is safe to say,
'It is finished.' -- Andrew M. Greeley
And so, I'm going away this morning―I don't know about you―but I'm going away determined that wherever he leads me, I will follow. I will follow him to the Garden. I will follow him to the Cross if he wants me to go there...Not
my will, but
thy will be done! And when you can cry that, you can stand up amid life with an exuberant joy. You know that God walks with you. -- Martin Luther King Jr.
'I thirst'―words from the Cross; words heard in the midst of drought stricken lands, in the poverty of inner cities, in the midst