G. Henle Verlag

HN851

Haydn: The Seven Last Words of Christ, Hob. XX/1B (for String Quartet)

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    1. Composer: Joseph Haydn
    2. Editor: Christin Heitmann
    3. Instrumentation: String Quartet (Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello)
    4. ISMN: 979-020180851-2
    5. Size: 9.3 x 12.2 inches
    6. Pages: 74
    7. Urtext / Critical Edition

    At the end of the 18th century, the town of Cádiz in southern Spain provided the backdrop for a Passion to mark Christ's hour of death; its focal point was the reading and interpretation of Christ's last words. Haydn was commissioned to write short meditative music to be played alternately with the readings. Haydn composed a work for orchestra. Due to its success, the publisher commissioned Haydn to make an arrangement for string quartet. As the wind instruments double the strings for the most part, only a few changes had to be made to the string parts.