THE JUDAS KISS full score: page 1

Program Note

This piece explores betrayal. Not only on a personal, relational level but the betrayal one feels when the reality of the world becomes known to them—the point between naivety and cynicism--refracted through the experience of Jesus Christ.

Commissioned by Blair Bolinger for an all-Bach concert with the Curtis Brass Ensemble, THE JUDAS KISS draws upon two moments from the Saint Matthew Passion by J.S. Bach: the chorale "O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden" and the final recitative of Jesus, when he implores his Father “Lord, why have you forsaken me?” These two fragments appear combined in the opening of the work and develop to the point of distortion as the piece continues.

-Stephen Cabell