Christus am Ölberge (“Christ on the Mount of Olives”), Op. 85, is an oratorio by Ludwig van Beethoven portraying the emotional turmoil of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane prior to his crucifixion. The work is a dramatic oratorio and is considered a much more humanistic portrayal of the Christ passion than other settings, such as those by Bach. It concludes at the point of Jesus personally accepting his fate, placing the emphasis on his own decision rather than the later Crucifixion or Resurrection.
The oratorio is scored for soprano, tenor, and bass soloists, with SATB chorus and orchestra. A complete performance lasts approximately 50 minutes.
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