La Croix (2004)
Commissioned by Robert Lyman in memory of Jeffrey McKay Diamond.
Premiere—2005, by Ernest Hoffmann, Cincinnati, OH.
Recorded by James Biery on Espressivo. Order from CD Baby.
Published by MorningStar Music. Distributed by Canticle.
La Croix is a meditative work in memory of Jeffrey McKay Diamond, who died in 2000. In this generally introspective piece, a rising, hopeful figure alternates with gently rolling figuration to prepare the entry of the spiritual “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” a favorite song of the dedicatee. The leave-taking is gradual, drawn out and very tender. While the composer doesn’t intend a particular liturgical use or an association with Passiontide, performance during Holy Week would be appropriate.