CROSS GIVE US MERCY

Year composed

1989

Duration

Scored for

Availability

About

15 minutes

Version for Male Choir/ Version for Symph. Orch. 2.2.2.2./2.0.0.0./3 Perc.Timp.Cel/Strings

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Text by Marin Gazarović XVI/XVII century/adapted by Tonko Maroević

Premiered in Zagreb on APR 20 1989 with Croatian RTV Choir, conducted by Kuljerić

The version for symphony orchestra was premiered in 2005 under the title Ante Crucem.

Cross give us mercy
00:00 / 14:21

Programme notes

Original: Križu daj nam ti milosti

 

Back in 1968, in Dubrovnik, Maestro Lovro pl. Matačić heard the music that I had composed for a medieval theater play - Presentation of the Life of St. Cyprian and St. Justine, directed by Božidar Violić at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. He told me then, “Don't throw it away just like that. I can hear echos of our Glagolitic musical roots. Make a song out of it. If you don't, I'll do... And I did it.

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