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    Tournemire Voyage 6

     

    THE SEVEN LAST WORDS (1993) inspired by Tournemire's 'Sept Chorals-Poèmes pour les Sept Paroles du Christ' (1935)

    each image measures 170 x 65 cms - oil and acrylic on canvas.                     Click on images for enlarged view

        1. Father forgive           2. Today shalt             3. Mother, behold       4. My God, my God                5. I thirst                  6. Father, into thy            7. It is finished             them for they                 thou be with                thy son...behold              why hast thou                                                        hands I commend                                                know not what              me in paradise.               thy mother.                   forsaken me?                                                                 my spirit.                                                                they do.

    These pictures now reside in a side chapel of the Church of

    St. John the Evangelist, Duncan Terrace, Islington  N1  8BL

    Between 1993 and 1996, London organist, Mark Brafield and I took THE SEVEN LAST WORDS on an extensive 'exhibition-recital' tour to over twenty churches and cathedrals in England and across Europe, culminating in a presentation of the music and pictures at

    Beauvais Cathedral (below) the extraordinary building that inspired Tournemire to compose his

    SEPT CHORALS-POEMES in 1935.

    This profound and magnificent music had never been performed there before.

    The paintings on show  in Chichester Cathedral 1995