March 30, 2007

Meditationes Viam Crucis

Last year I offered some poetic meditations on the way of the cross and this year I'd like to link you to a musical suite of meditations on the same subject. This is a composition from 1982 that does for a few of the great Lutheran passion chorales what Salvador Dalí did for various religious images in his "atomic" period. It was originally designed to include a reader interspersing bits of the text from the Way, but it seems to work without that level in its own way. I don't want to say, "Enjoy" exactly, given the theme. Rather, close your eyes and picture the scene of the thronging crowds in those narrow streets, and the lonely hilltop with its stark crosses.
—Tobias Haller BSG

1 comment:

June Butler said...

Lovely, Tobias. I missed church today, as I was taking the Katrina tour through the devastated areas in New Orleans, a fitting introduction to the solemnity of Holy Week. This eveing I listened to the music while I read the Scriptures for the day from the Lectionary.

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name.

Thank you.