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The Living Last Words
A Dramatic Musical Experience for Holy Week
by Ruth Elaine Schram

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The Living Last Words - A Dramatic Musical for Holy Week "Truly this Man was the Son of God!" With these powerful words, the centurion responded to the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. He had witnessed both the humanity and the divinity of Christ's suffering, and he was transformed by Christ's final utterances from the cross.

In this dramatic and powerful work, Ruth Elaine Schram imagines the responses of other witnesses at Calvary, creating short dramatic monologues for each: the contemptuous soldier; the crucified thief's sympathetic sibling; the scornful priest; the anguished shepherd who remembers Jesus' miraculous birth; the grieving mother of Christ; and the heartbroken disciple, searching for answers.

Her remarkable score conveys Christ's words deftly and passionately, and the music is both tuneful and easily prepared. Appropriate for choirs of all sizes, it offers a small orchestra accompaniment (strings, winds, light percussion, and french horn), as well as a more intimate instrumental reduction (winds, string synth). As with her other "Living" musicals, the piano part is not a reduction of the orchestration, but a beautiful accompaniment. Each instrumental part is optional and intended to supplement the piano accompaniment. The small orchestration is designed to be easily played by volunteer church musicians, utilizing instrumentation that will beautifully augment the piano but not overwhelm even a small choir.

Lasting 35 - 40 minutes, this selection offers additional flexibility with two options for the conclusion. For Lent, Maundy Thursday, or Good Friday, the service can end contemplatively with the congregation joining the choir on the beloved folk hymn "What Wondrous Love Is This." For Easter Sunday, an Easter hymn, Easter anthem of your choice, or Handel's "Hallelujah" Chorus provide a triumphant ending perfect for Easter worship.

Available for SATB or SAB choirs; part-dominant rehearsal aids available for both voicings.

MP3 audio Overture
MP3 audio His Last Words
MP3 audio Monologue - Soldier
MP3 audio Father Forgive Them
MP3 audio Monologue - Thief's sibling
MP3 audio Today You Will Be With Me
MP3 audio Monologue - Priest
MP3 audio Behold Your Son
MP3 audio Monologue - Shepherd
MP3 audio Why Have You Forsaken Me?
MP3 audio Monologue - Mary
MP3 audio I Thirst
MP3 audio Monologue - John
MP3 audio Into Your Hands
MP3 audio Monologue - Centurion
MP3 audio It Is Finished
MP3 audio What Wondrous Love
55/1134L - SATB Score
55/1135L - SAB Score
30/2534L - Small Orchestra Score and Parts
Flute, Oboe, 2 Clarinets, French Horn, Timpani, Percussion, Violin I & II, Viola, Cello, Bass
30/2561L - Instrumental Score and Parts
Flute, Oboe, 2 Clarinets, String Synthesizer
99/2645L - Performance CD (includes SATB and SAB versions)
99/2646L - Bulk Performance CDs (10 pak)
99/2647L - Accompaniment CD
99/2648L - SA/TB Part-dominant Rehearsal CDs (reproducible)
99/2649L - SA/B Part-dominant Rehearsal CDs (reproducible)
55/1136L - Performance CD/SATB Score Combination
55/1137L - Performance CD/SAB Score Combination

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