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Passion II (John 19: 38-40), Op. 73 No. 4

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (03/30/18)
Composer: Gulbins, Max
Sample Producer: Lavender Audio
Sample Set: The Armley Schulze
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Late Romantic
Max Gulbins (born July 18, 1862 in Kummetschen , East Prussia , † February 19, 1932 in Breslau ) was a German organist , cantor and composer .

He studied at the Berlin Conservatory (from 1882) with Heinrich von Herzogenberg and Friedrich Kiel . This was followed by positions as music director in Stallupönen (1888), Insterburg (1896), then as cantor in Elbing (1900), and finally the appointment as cantor and senior organist at St. Elisabeth in Wroclaw (1908). In 1917 he was appointed professor there.

I could find very little information about Gulbins, and no photographs of him, but I was very struck by the quality of his music, and the rather unique way that he sets his material.

"Passion II" is found in his Biblishce Bilder (Biblical Images), Book 1. It was published by H. Oppenheimer in 1911, and is dedicated to the concert organist, Otto Burkert-Brunn.

This work uses the chorale, "O Traurigkeit" in a sorrowful manner, yet with delicacy and beauty as well as sadness. The ending in the major seems "natural," and I did not regret the moving from the minor to a more "peaceful" resolution.

The work uses the verses, John 19: 38-40, which tells of the Body of Jesus being laid in the tomb.

The atmosphere, though laden with sorrow, is still peaceful.

The score is attached below, as well as photos of the Church of St. Elisabeth in Wroclaw.

In addition to these two Passiontide settings, I have an unusual Easter work that I will be uploading in the coming days.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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