Sequere me - Credo
Oratory for tenor, baryton, choir, piano and organ
This piece won first prize in the composition competition announced by the Cathedral in Gothenburg 2002.
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.
To preferably be placed in the chancel or choir in the church
Soloist: Jesus (tenor), Simon Petrus (baryton)
To be placed up in the gallery (by the great organ)
Lyrics in Swedish
NŠr de hade Štit sade Jesus till Simon Petrus: "Simon, Johannes son, Šlskar du mig mer Šn de andra gšr?" Simon svarade: "Ja, herre, du vet att jag har dig kŠr." Jesus sade: "Fšr mina lamm pŒ bete."
Och han frŒgade honom fšr andra gŒngen: "Simon, Johannes son, Šlskar du mig?" Simon svarade: "Ja, herre, du vet att jag har dig kŠr." Jesus sade: "Var en herde fšr mina fŒr."
Och han frŒgade honom fšr tredje gŒngen: "Simon, Johannes son, har du mig kŠr?" Petrus blev bedršvad nŠr Jesus fšr tredje gŒngen frŒgade: "Har du mig kŠr?" och han svarade: "Herre. Du vet allt; du vet att jag har dig kŠr." Jesus sade: "Fšr mina fŒr pŒ bete.
Sannerligen, jag sŠger dig: nŠr du var ung spŠnde du sjŠlv bŠltet om dig och gick vart du ville. Men nŠr du blir gammal skall du strŠcka ut dina armar och nŒgon annan skall spŠnna bŠltet om dig och fšra dig dit du inte vill."
(SŒ angav han med vad fšr slags dšd Petrus skulle fšrhŠrliga Gud.) Sedan sade han till honom: "Fšlj 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!"