Echoes from Calvary: Mediations on Franz Joseph Haydn's The Seven Last Words of Christ by Richard YoungEchoes from Calvary: Mediations on Franz Joseph Haydn's The Seven Last Words of Christ by Richard Young

Echoes from Calvary: Mediations on Franz Joseph Haydn's The Seven Last Words of Christ

byRichard YoungContribution byT L. Barrett, Samuel Betances

Book & Toy | January 14, 2005

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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.
Richard Young is the violist of the Vermeer Quartet. As producer of the Vermeer Quartet's CD of The Seven Last Words of Christ, he has organized all their public performances of this work.
Title:Echoes from Calvary: Mediations on Franz Joseph Haydn's The Seven Last Words of ChristFormat:Book & ToyDimensions:256 pages, 8.92 × 6.04 × 0.56 inPublished:January 14, 2005Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0742543846

ISBN - 13:9780742543843


Table of Contents

Chapter 2 A Musical and Spiritual Odyssey Chapter 3 The Introduction Chapter 4 "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." Chapter 5 "Surely, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise." Chapter 6 "Woman, behold your son!" "Behold your mother!" Chapter 7 "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Chapter 8 "I thirst." Chapter 9 "It is finished!" Chapter 10 "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit." Chapter 11 The Earthquake Part 12 Postludes Chapter 13 The Words and the Music Chapter 14 The History of Meditation on Jesus' Seven Last Words Chapter 15 Christ's Final Utterances in Today's World Chapter 16 Looking Back, Summing Up Chapter 17 Postlude

Editorial Reviews

Richard Young's spiritual journey is very well done and interesting, as a kind of personal statement that has worthwhile reflection . . . This is a respectful book, as one might expect and I think it is full of hope. These are meditations of the heart for Good Friday and Holy Week. Through the music and the text of the meditations, one follows the Christ and knows something of his spirit.