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As early as Easter of 1968 the composer David Van Vactor considered writing a choral work based on the Gospel narrative of the crucifixion of Christ. While at Villa d’Este, Lake Como, Italy, Van Vactor began sketches for the piece, taking it up from time to time, then setting it aside in order to finish various commissioned works. In May of 1976, in response to a request made by the director of Knoxville Choral Society, J. B. Lyle, Van Vactor concentrated all of his creative efforts on the new work which, now bearing the title Episodes — Jesus Christ, was completed in March, 1977, and was dedicated "To the memory of my Mother and Father."
The text was compiled by the composer’s daughter, Raven Harwood, and is drawn
from the four Gospels (chiefly the fourth) and from Acts, Romans, I Corinthians and I Timothy. This dramatic work for chorus and orchestra, with texts from the Bible, depicts episodes from the life of Christ rather than following the same order as appears in the Scriptures.
Works on This Recording
Episodes - Jesus Christ by David Van Vactor
J. B. Lyle
Knoxville Choral Society
Period: 20th Century
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