Monument II: Crucifixus

three players (score also includes versions for flute/alto sax/cello and flute/clarinet/cello)
Duration: c.3.5-4 minutes


Program notes:
MONUMENT II: CRUCIFIXUS is a short work for instrumental trio, written for the “Cruci Project” at the 2015 Day of Learning in Community at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. The second in a series of works articulating a single enormous seven-octave scale, its three sections are a reflective response to a series of prints by Eric Robinson of the crucifixion of Christ. As with other works in the MONUMENT series, it is dedicated to and written as a monument in memory and honor of victims of unjust violence, guided by the words of Pope St. John Paul II in the encyclical Veritatis Splendor:

“Whatever is hostile to life itself, such as any kind of homicide, genocide, abortion, euthanasia and voluntary suicide; whatever violates the integrity of the human person, such as mutilation, physical and mental torture and attempts to coerce the spirit; whatever is offensive to human dignity, such as subhuman living conditions, arbitrary imprisonment, deportation, slavery, prostitution and trafficking in women and children; degrading conditions of work which treat labourers as mere instruments of profit, and not as free responsible persons: all these and the like are a disgrace, and so long as they infect human civilization they contaminate those who inflict them more than those who suffer injustice, and they are a negation of the honour due to the Creator.”

by Eric Robinson, from the Cruci collection
by Eric Robinson, from the Cruci collection


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