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Sequere me - Credo

Oratory for tenor, baryton, choir, piano and organ

2002

Stefan Klaverdal

 

This piece won first prize in the composition competition announced by the Cathedral in Gothenburg 2002.

 

Score as PDF-file

Recording as mp3

 

About the piece

This piece is a free interpretation of the Gospel of John, 21:15-19 (lyrics below). It is not a strict composition, but has more of a dramatic quality where the dialogue between Jesus Christ and Simon Peter is commented by the choir.

The choir can be said to represent the inner life of Simon Peter his reactions, his feelings and beleifs, more or less the role the choir would play in a greek drama. The lyrics also contains parts of the latin mass, also referring to Simon Peters feelings.

 

First performed in Gothenburg, Sweden 2003 by the Cathedral Choir of Gothenburg during the 100th anniversary of the association of church choir

Also performed during the inaguration of the new bishop of Gothenburg in Uppsala 2003.

 

Instrumentation

To preferably be placed in the chancel or choir in the church

Soloist: Jesus (tenor), Simon Petrus (baryton)

Piano

 

To be placed up in the gallery (by the great organ)

Mixed choir

Organ

 

 

Lyrics in Swedish

Nr de hade tit sade Jesus till Simon Petrus: "Simon, Johannes son, lskar du mig mer n de andra gr?" Simon svarade: "Ja, herre, du vet att jag har dig kr." Jesus sade: "Fr mina lamm p bete."

 

Och han frgade honom fr andra gngen: "Simon, Johannes son, lskar du mig?" Simon svarade: "Ja, herre, du vet att jag har dig kr." Jesus sade: "Var en herde fr mina fr."

 

Och han frgade honom fr tredje gngen: "Simon, Johannes son, har du mig kr?" Petrus blev bedrvad nr Jesus fr tredje gngen frgade: "Har du mig kr?" och han svarade: "Herre. Du vet allt; du vet att jag har dig kr." Jesus sade: "Fr mina fr p bete.

 

Sannerligen, jag sger dig: nr du var ung spnde du sjlv bltet om dig och gick vart du ville. Men nr du blir gammal skall du strcka ut dina armar och ngon annan skall spnna bltet om dig och fra dig dit du inte vill."

 

(S angav han med vad fr slags dd Petrus skulle frhrliga Gud.) Sedan sade han till honom: "Flj mig!"

 

Lyrics in English (New International Version

 15When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?" "Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my lambs."

 

16Again Jesus said, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me?" 
He answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Take care of my sheep."

 

17 The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" 
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my sheep.

 

18 I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go."

 

19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, "Follow me!"