World premiere of version
Wigmore Hall, London
Julian Lloyd Webber, vlc / John Lenehan
Kiss on Wood is a short, static and serene meditation originally for violin and piano, and later arranged for cello and piano. Lasting about eight minutes it is an ornamental and highly elongated paraphrase on the Good Friday versicle, Ecce lignum crucis in quo salus mundi pependit: Venite adoremus (Behold the wood of the cross on which the saviour of the world was hung: come let us adore him). This is sung as the crucifix is slowly unveiled and before the people are invited forward to kiss the wood of the cross. The music and title are devotional an intent but can equally represent a gesture of love on the wooden instruments making this music.
This programme note can be reproduced free of charge in concert programmes with a credit to the composer