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Commissioned Felis Quartet
Opus 34
Category Exempel3
Year 2012-2014
Duration 22 min
Orchestration vln, vln, vla, vlc
Availability  Ask the composer

Program note

Stations of the Cross (or Way of the Cross; in Latin, Via Crucis; also called the Via Dolorosa or Way of Sorrows, or simply, The Way) refers to a series of artistic representations, often sculptural, depicting Christ Carrying the Cross to his crucifixion. Most Roman Catholic churches contain Stations of the Cross, typically placed at intervals along the side walls of the nave; in most churches, they are small plaques with reliefs or paintings. The tradition of moving around the Stations to commemorate the Passion of Christ began with St. Francis of Assisi and extended throughout the Roman Catholic Church in the medieval period. It is also observed in Lutheranism and Anglo-Catholicism. It is most commonly done during Lent, especially on Good Friday.

The object of the Stations is to help the faithful to make a spiritual pilgrimage of prayer, through meditating upon the chief scenes of Christ’s sufferings and death. It has become one of the most popular devotions for Roman Catholics, and is often performed in a spirit of reparation for the sufferings and insults that Jesus endured during His Passion.

The Station of the Cross exist in two variants, the traditional form and the Scriptural Way of the Cross. I have chosen to compose to the traditional form in which the standard set from the 17th to the 20th century has consisted of 14 pictures or sculptures.

Via Crucis – String Quartet No 1 –  Listen on Youtube



3 April 2015 World Premiere at Siuntio Church by The Felis Quartet 

28 August 2016 musicians at the Musequal Festival  

14 April 2017  The Felis Quartet at Heinola Church – More info

CANCELLED 10 April 2020 The Felis Quartet at Kuokkala Church in Jyväskylä – More info

CANCELLED 11 April 2020 The Lapland Chamber Orchestra musicians at Enontekiö Church – More info

3 April 2021 The Lapland Chamber Orchestra musicians at Hetta Music Festival at Enontekiö Church – More info

12 April 2022 The Felis Quartet at Kuokkala Church in Jyväskylä – More info

15 June 2024 Uusi Helsinki Quartet at Lauttasaari Music Festival at Helsinki Main Library Oodi – More info