Ēriks Ešenvalds’ Passions

Ēriks Ešenvalds’ Passions February 2, 2017

Today my class on the Bible and music is picking up a thread from last time – Passion – and tracing it down to the present day, including into film scores. Students have been asked to listen to some things in common but also to explore and bring “show and tell.”

If I am asked to share something, it will be Latvian composer Ēriks EšenvaldsPassion and Resurrection. I am grateful once again to YouTube for the opportunity to share it.

I find the ending to be particularly powerful. The text of Passion and Resurrection can be found on the Saturday Chorale website. And I also found a dissertation about the imitation of Catholic and Byzantine chant in the piece.

There is also a St. Luke’s Passion by Ešenvalds:

The Georgia Straight has an article about the composer and his faith. And there is also more information on the composer’s website. And if you haven’t had enough, there is a lot more of his beautiful music freely available on YouTube and elsewhere.


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