Resounding Through the Ages: The Seven Last Words of Christ



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organ music, liturgical music, seven last words of Christ


The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ has served as the source for innumerable musical creations spanning the centuries, including a colorful array of compositions inspired by The Seven Last Words of Christ. This musico-theological analysis is an attempt to describe how Part I of Pamela Decker’s epic work for solo organ, The Seven Last Words and Triumph of Christ, artfully communicates the power, depth, and beauty of Christ’s timeless words by way of pitch, rhythm, texture, registration, and use of pre-existing melody.


Bonaventure Saint, Bonneval A., The Seven Last Words of Christ, transl. by R. Nixon OSB, TAN Books, North Carolina, Gastonia 2023.

Bonneval A., Tractatus de septem verbis Domini in cruce tractatus pius iuxta & eruditus, Apud Martinum Caesarem, Antuerpiae 1532.

Decker P., The Seven Last Words and Triumph of Christ for Organ, Part 1: The Seven Last Words, Wayne Leupold Editions, Colfax, North Carolina 2018.

The New American Bible. Revised Edition, World Catholic Press, New Jersey, Totowa 1987.