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Homilius: St. John Passion

By Gottfried August Homilius

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SSATB vocal soli, SATB choir, 2 horns, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 2 violins, viola, basso continuo
Composed by Gottfried August Homilius. Carus CD series: Music from Dresden. German title: Johannespassion /Kreuzchor. Passions, Lent and Passiontide, Holy Week. 2 CDs. With Language: German. I.4. Duration 119 minutes. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.8326100).

Item Number: CA.8326100

The oratorio Passions by Homilius were among the last compositions of their kind in the 18th century. In an oratorio Passion the chorus is restricted mainly to singing the chorales and the interjections of the crowd; only the conclusion of a Passion provides an opportunity for an extensive choral movement. In the St. John Passion the final chorus emphasizes the supreme importance of the Crucifixion as the climax of St. John's Gospel. The free elements of the composition take the forms customary at the time: da capo arias are predominant.

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