Composer:   Anton Bruckner
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   CDPL
Edition:   NA
Voicing:   SATB div
Setting:   A Cappella


Dr. Matthew Ferrell
St. Cloud State University 2012
R&R Chair College & University

This composition is a haunting account of Jesus’ death on the cross. The work employs extraordinary modulations and extreme dynamic contrasts that mirror Bruckner’s symphonic writing. Choruses will find the constant instability of tonal center quite challenging and the vocal range quite demanding. Despite its difficulty, this is a wonderful example of Romantic literature that looks back to the compositional style of Monteverdi.