As of last month or so, I have finally completed my latest compositional project, Three Images of Christ’s Final Hours. This is a fifteen minute collection of three individual pieces that, when performed as a set, depict the Garden of Gethsemane (including Christ’s prayer, arrest, and trial), the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection. The Images are: A Garden Prayer for two violins and piano, Bleeding Heart for soprano saxophone solo and string orchestra, and Easter Victory for piano solo and orchestra.
The origin of this work is somewhat eclectic, the first idea for Garden Prayer having come about in 1998. Easter Victory was also first penned in 1998, though at the time it was merely a piano solo. With these two pieces completed, I dreamed of adding a “second movement” to close the circle of these momentous events depicted, and, while I toyed with several ideas, Bleeding Heart did not come about in completion until 2004/2005. With this finally finished, I took another look at Easter Victory and re-worked it to include a string orchestra accompaniment, giving its opportunity for complex rhythmic activity much more potential.
For your listening pleasure, I have uploaded a small sample of each Image: Images 1 and 3, unfortunately, are not live recordings but are attempts by the computer, and Image 2 is actually a portion of the live recording of the Cal Poly String Ensemble performing this in the Winter “Herstory Month” Concert 2005, with Lori Huff as featured soloist.
If you are interested in perhaps owning your own copy of the score, feel free to contact me.
Update (11/2/11): Due to some updating of the score, Images 2 and 3 are now MIDI samples from the computer, as opposed to live recordings… Hopefully another opportunity to get super-nice recordings of all 3 Images will appear soon! 🙂