Judas – oratory
narrator. ten, bar, choir, organ, computer
Lyrics by Stefan Klaverdal
Score exerpts and recordings:
The whole score can be ordered from the publisher C-Y contemporary
Judas, the traitor (or martyr) is the subject for this drama. We follow Judas from when he becomes a disciple, to the point where he commits suicide in despair after betraying Jesus.
Judas may be one of the most human persons in the Bible, with his parallel commitment and doubt, his betrayal and regret, and at the same time the strangest person one can imagine. This piece is a free interpretation of the passion, as told in the Gospel of Matthew. The biblical text has been reworked to fit in a dramatic presentation. The drama is driven forward by the narrator and acted by the soloists and the choir, who is also commenting the action. The choir can be said to represent the inner life of Judas, his reactions, his feelings and beliefs, more or less the role the choir would play in a Greek drama.
The lyrics therefore also contain parts of the Latin mass, perhaps representing Judas' inner life.
First performance by Hägerstens motettkör and Kerstin Börjesson (cond.) april 8th 2004
The solists were: Narrator: Jarl Alfredius, Judas: Klas Hedlund, Jesus: Ulf Lundmark, Organ: Lars Andersson, Computer: Stefan Klaverdal
To perform the part for computer the following equipment is needed (minimum):
Computer Apple G4 867 MHz, with 500MB RAM
MAX/MSP- if missing, MAX/MSP-play may be installed from the CD containing the patch
CD with Max-patch (the programming itself) - can be ordered from the composer
Soundcard with one input and two outputs
Mixer with four inputs and one auxiliary output
PA-system with two loudspeakers
Two microphones (pref. wireless headsets or sim.)
One compressor is strongly recommended
A reverb may be used also. In that case two aux-channels is needed in the mixer.
Wire everything according to the following (the reverb is optional):
Judas should be connected to the computer. It is advised to keep a finger on the singers' faders to compensate for unexpectedly loud signals.
The computer is controlled acc. to instructions in the patch. Everything in the part is pre- programmed, shortly it is only to click on a button and follow the score. The numbering in the score is equivalents to numbers in the patch.
Judas – oratorium
Rec. Ten, bar, kör, orgel, dator
Judas, frrdaren (eller martyren) r utgngspunkten i detta passionsdrama. Vi fr flja Judas frn infrlivandet i lrjungaskaran, tills dess att han begr sjlvmord i stor frtvivlan ver sitt svek mot Jesus. Judas kan sgas vara en av de mest mnskliga personerna i Bibeln, med hans stndiga trofasthet och samtidiga tvivel, hans svek och nger, och samtidigt den mest mrkliga, svrbegripliga person man kan tnka sig.
Detta stycke r en fri tolkning av passionsberttelsen, s som den berttas i Matteusevangeliet. Texten frn bibeln har arbetats om s den passar in i ett dramatiskt sammanhang. Dramat drivs framt av recitatren, ageras av solister och kren. Kren kan i mnga fall sgas representera Judas knsloliv, hans reaktioner p Jesus ord, och hans tro, d den kommenterar skeendet hela tiden. Kren har allts ungefr den roll den skulle f i ett grekiskt drama. P grund av detta innehller texten ocks delar av mssordinariet, kanske som en tolkning av Judas knsloliv.