April 6, 2009

Meditationes Viam Crucis

Themes of the Passion hymns are woven together with impressions of the mockery of the crowds, as the Servant King makes the perfect offering of himself for the salvation of the world. Drawing its musical inspiration from fractured versions of traditional Paschal hymnody, but culminating in a hopeful realization of O Traurigkeit:

O Jesus blest, my help and rest
with tears I pray thee, hear me;
now, and even unto death,
dearest Lord, be near me.

—Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG

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James said...

Lovely! You are most talented Brother Tobias!

Vicki McGrath said...


Thank you for you comments over at Derek's blog recently. They (along with others) have been most helpful in these last weeks of Lent. I am very grateful for your gifts of theological reasoning and expression.

Blessings to you and James for Holy Week and Easter,


Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG said...

Thanks, James, and Vicki+ -- may this Holy Week bring us many blessings...

June Butler said...

Lovely, Tobias. Thank you.

susan s. said...

Oh, Tobias, this is wonderful! Even though it is all yours, the Chorale near the end 'feels' to me like Bach,( well except for the cymbal crash at the end!) which is perfectly acceptable, of course. ;-)

Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG said...

Thanks, Mimi and Susan. That last section was definitely inspired by the St Matthew Passion, so the resemblance isn't accidental.

A blessed Triduum and a glorious Easter to you.

June Butler said...

Tobias, I've listened to your musical offering several times since you posted it, and I like it more each time I hear it.