Peter Clark Posted May 10, 2007 Share Posted May 10, 2007 I had always understood that they were written for the cantata, but now you mention it I'm not sure why. As you say, they are very fine tunes. It is a shame that The Crucifixion has been so influential in shaping our opinion of Stainer. It does seem stange that he wssd capableof writing such fine tunes yet often such weak material as in the topic under discussion. (Remember the famnoure "here in a basement"?! ) Love Divine is another fine tune that springs to mind. I think that The Crucifixion is also probably 90% responsible for the misinterpretation of Jn3:16 since it is probably the most famous setting of that text. (Are there ary others?). I have even heard clergy preach on the "so much" suggestion which is simply not in the original text which means merely "therefore" so a correct translation would be more like "God loved the world therefore he sent his son....." ie as a result of this and not that he loved the world "so much" and so what a good bloke he is which is how, alas, it often comes across. Peter Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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