The Seven Last Words of Christ, Arrangement for String Quartet Hob. XX/1B
Editor: Christin Heitmann
Urtext Edition, Study score, paperbound
Pages: 52 (X, 42), Size 17,0 x 24,0 cm
Order no. HN 9771 · ISMN 979-0-2018-9771-4
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. We present the arrangement for string quartet based on the musical text of the Haydn Complete Edition (in preparation).
Seit 2008 ist im G. Henle-Verlag, herausgegeben vom Joseph-Haydn-Institut Köln, eine neue Urtextausgabe erhältlich, die die Streichquartettfassung endlich so zugänglich macht, wie Haydn sie sich vorgestellt haben dürfte.
[Fono Forum, 2012]
I have now received the parts for the string quartet version of The Seven Last Words, whose score I approved in our last issue. If I still played the viola, I’d certainly be happy reading from them. The avoidance of a page-turn before the attacca subito il terremoto is commendable.
[Early Music Review, 2009]