A musical commentary on the last words of Christ: that was the somewhat unusual task entrusted to Joseph Haydn in 1785. The commission came from a small chapel in Cadiz, a sacred grotto carved out of the rocks.

Haydn found his experience in the chapel profoundly moving. The music he composed in turn made a deep impression on the audience: the seven slow sonatas are simple and almost meditative in nature, but it is their very fragility and intimacy that make the work so gripping.

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Joseph Haydn Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze

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Basilique Nationale du Sacré-Coeur de Koekelberg / Nationale Basiliek van het Heilig Hart Koekelberg

Location: Parvis de la Basilique Basiliekvoorplein 1 | 1083 Ganshoren

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