Portsmouth Choral Union: “The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross”

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The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross (German: Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze) is an orchestral work by Joseph Haydn, commissioned in 1786 for the Good Friday service at the Holy Cave Oratory in Cadiz, Spain. Published in 1787 and performed then in Paris, Rome, Berlin and Vienna, the composer adapted it in 1787 for string quartet, approved a version for solo piano in the same year, and finally adapted it in 1796 as an oratorio (with both solo and choral vocal forces). The seven sections are labelled “sonatas” and are all slow.

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The PCU is one of the leading amateur choruses in the South of England. The choir comprises 120 singers of all voice types. We always welcome new talent.
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