Wilbur W. and Morrison, David, Hollman
Publisher: G. Schirmer
The Maastricht Easter Play
English translation by W. W. Hollman and David Morrison. Edited and adapted by Wilbur W. Hollman.
Soloist(s) and Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
Alto [=Mezzo soprano], 2 Mezzo sopranos, Baritone [=Bass], 2 boy Sopranos [lyric Sopranos], 2 Basses [2 Baritones], 2 High Baritones [2 Tenors]
The Maastricht Easter Play originated in the Egmont Abbey near the flourishing town of Maastricht in the Netherlands. A masterpiece of musical and dramatic unity, this liturgical drama reveals the unusually perceptive artistic insight of its anonymous author or authors. Four long scenes of varied character lead to a dramatic climax at the close of the fourth where Mary Magdalene recognises the risen Saviour (The Empty Tomb, The Lament of the Women, The Visitation to the Tomb, The Visitation of Mary Magdalene). The three subsequent and closing scenes are short (The Two Disciples, The Two Pilgrims, The Apotheosis) and contain more dramatic and musical tension, culminating in a liturgical climax with the singing of the Surrexit and the final Te Deum.