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James R. Jennings

Sacred Choral Music by Theodore Dubois (1837-1924)

The Seven Last Words of Christ

Sequenced and translated* by J. R. Jennings

The "Seven Last Words of Christ" was written in 1867. The text is given in Latin on all scores posted here. An English translation has been available for more than 100 years. While this places it in the public domain and therefore available for general distribution, it suffers from significant deficiencies: (1) it does not use contemporary English, (2) in places it does not fit the music very well, and (3) does it not always render the meaning of the Latin accurately. In order to address these problems I have written an entirely new, modern-English translation (copyright, 2007, all rights reserved) for each movement. This new translation is available for free download, subject to restrictions (see the bottom of the page). The score for the Seventh Word, part 1, requires additional fonts (MusikDingsSans and MusikChordSerif) to look right. These are available for download on the Noteworthy Scriptorium (see the links page). Software to read NWC scores can be downloaded free of charge.

The Seven Last Words of Christ: files available for download
Section number/nameNWC
Introduction: "O vos omnes" yes yes no yes yes
1st Word: "Pater, Pater, dimite illis" yes yes no yes yes
2nd Word: "Hodie mecum eris in paradiso" yes yes no yes yes
3d Word: "Mulier, ecce filius tuus" yes yes no yes yes
4th Word: "Deus meus, ut quid dereliquisti me?" yes yes no yes yes
5th Word: "Sitio" yes yes no yes yes
6th Word: "Pater, in manus tuas commendo
spiritum meum"
yes yes no yes yes
7th Word, Part 1: "Consummatum est" yes yes no yes yes
7th Word, Part 2: "Adoramus te Christe" yes yes no yes yes

*English translation copyright © 2007 by James R. Jennings.

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