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Haydn - Seven Last Words

Hello everyone,
I realize that Haydn heard a vocal version of his Seven Last Words by a German pastor and that he then produced a choral version of his own -- in German. I'm at the exploratory stage and am wondering if someone is aware of a Latin version. I have found a German/Italian version on, but my audience (and my choir) in Quebec would be more comfortable with Latin. French would be even better, but that's probably a pipe dream.
on February 10, 2014 1:27am
Dear Jim,
It's unlikely that the Haydn was ever in Latin - the words are German pietist poetry. Pietism was an offshoot of Lutheranism in the late 18th and early 19th century.
There is a setting, which I have of the words in English, published by Novello and Co. (This link shows you a version by H W Gray - who published a great deal of the Novello catalogue in the US).
The English adaptation is by Rev. H Clementi-Smith who was the Precentor of Manchester Cathedral in the North of england.
That's the best I can do.
Stuart McIntosh
on February 13, 2014 7:27pm
If you're looking for a Latin setting of the Seven Last Words, why not try settings by one of the following?  All three of these are published, in Latin, and commercially available (i.e. in print).  More information than you could ever want to read about these three settings is found here: I've been able to identify 23 different choral settings of this text, and please let me know if the list I provide on p. 47-48 is incomplete!
Charles Gounod
Les Sept Paroles de Notre Seigneur Jesus-Christ sur la Croix
César Franck
Les Sept Paroles du Christ sur la Croix
Théodore Dubois
Les Sept Paroles du Christ
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