Crown of Thorns
SMC S722EP/ HL 3778215
A tone poem that describes in musical terms Jesus Christ's journey from the Last Supper, through the betrayal of Judas Iscariot, the abjuction by the Roman soldiers, the judgement under Pontious Pilate, the crown of thorns, and the procession to the cross, culminating in the Ascension into heaven. Though modern compositional devises are used, the piece attempts to remain true to the musical sounds that might have been heard in Biblical times. The music is highly programmatic in nature, and many listeners may recognize elements of the story.