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John Stainer's The Crucifixion

Wednesday March 28, 2018 at 21:30
Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury
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  1. The Reproaches - John Sanders
  2. Crucifixion, from Symphonie-Passion, for organ Op 23 - Marcel Dupré
  3. The Crucifixion - Sir John Stainer

A wonderful opportunity to listen to a concert featuring the Salisbury Cathedral Choir, Salisbury Cathedral Youth Choir and the St John Singers. They will be conducted by Stephen Abbott and David Halls with John Challenger as organist.

John Sanders was an English organist, conductor, choir trainer and composer. He was organist of Gloucester Cathedral from 1967 to 1994 and director of the Three Choirs Festival from 1968 to 1994. The Reproaches is a sublime piece of unaccompanied music and is performed in many English cathedrals on Good Friday.

Marcel Dupré (1886-1971), one of the most outstanding organists of his generation, made the first of his many visits to America in 1921. He refers in his memoirs to the evening of 8 December when, at a recital he was giving in the Wanamaker Auditorium in Philadelphia, he was offered several liturgical themes on which to improvise and he instantly decided to improvise an organ symphony in four movements which depicted in music the life of Jesus. This improvisation became the basis of his Symphonie-Passion which he began to compose on his return to France.

The Crucifixion, a Meditation on the Sacred Passion of the Holy Redeemer, is an oratorio composed by John Stainer in 1887. It is scored for choir and organ, with solos for tenor and bass and includes five hymns, some of which have become well-known in their own right. The work was first performed on February 24, 1887 in Marylebone Parish Church. Its structure is clearly modelled on the scheme of choruses, chorales, recitatives and arias of Bach’s St Matthew Passion, which in 1873 Stainer had introduced into the Music for Holy Week at St Paul’s Cathedral.

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