THROWBACK THURSDAY | ‘The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed’ – Sphinx Symphony [2017 WORLD PREMIERE]

2017 world premiere performance of composer Joel Thompson's 'Seven Last Words of the Unarmed"

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2017 archival footage of the world premiere performance of Atlanta-based composer Joel Thompson‘s ‘Seven Last Words of the Unarmed” – with conductor Eugene Rogers, the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra and the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club.

The 7 movement work was written in response to the deaths of 7 African American men from the forces of police brutality.

“In composing the piece i used the liturgical format in Haydn’s ‘Seven Last Words of Christ’ in an effort to humanize the men and to reckon with my identify as a black man in this country in relation to the specific scourge of police brutality,” Joel has said.

The works’ movement titles include: “Why do you have your guns out?”, “I don’t have a gun. Stop shooting“, “You shot me! You shot me!” and “I can’t breathe.”

 

JOEL THOMPSON | “THE SEVEN LAST WORDS OF THE UNARMED” | EUGENE ROGERS, SPHINX SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA & UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN’S GLEE CLUB | 2017 WORLD PREMIERE 

 

 

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