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Rob Gardner's Lamb of God

A Sacred Musical Retelling of the Last Days in the Life of Jesus Christ

Lamb of God is a sacred work for choir, orchestra, vocal soloists, and narrators that was written and performed by Rob Gardner.  Lamb of God tells the story of the last days in the life of Jesus Christ from the perspective of those who knew Him best - Peter, John, Thomas, Mary and Martha of Bethany, Mary Magdalene, and His mother Mary.

Listen to excerpts from Lamb of God below.

Read Rob's Thoughts on Lamb of God

"The idea to write a work focusing on the Atonement of Jesus Christ has been in the back of my mind for several years now. In fact, over the years I’ve made more than a few attempts at starting the project, only to abandon it again, inevitably daunted by the enormity of the responsibility to write something worthy of the subject matter. At last I realized that, no matter how confident I would ever become in my abilities as a composer, I would likely never feel equal to the project. So in late 2009, I finally began in earnest to write. I couldn’t have imagined how difficult the process would become, or how much of me it would require. Writing “Lamb of God” has been the most intensely agonizing and consuming work I have ever undertaken. But, in retrospect, that’s how I suppose it must be.

"My thought was to tell the story of the last days of the life of Jesus Christ through the experiences of those who witnessed them–those He knew and loved. It was most interesting to me to see what their decisions, their actions and their interactions with Him teach us about the Savior Himself. And it was important to me that Hope shine through even the darkest moments. I decided early on that I didn’t want any actor or singer to portray or represent the Savior in this piece, mostly because I think it’s extremely difficult to do so in an effective way. I chose instead to represent His voice with the solo cello. I also felt that, where the choir sang in moments of underscore, I wanted them to sing in Aramaic–the language the Savior and his contemporaries would have spoken. I have to confess that the reason for that was mostly that English just didn’t seem to evoke the power and emotion I was looking for, whereas the guttural and consonant-laden sounds of Aramaic did so beautifully. There are many more decisions I made that I’ll leave you to discover for yourself.

"I hope that this work will help bring to life for you the events depicted from the final days of the Savior’s life, and even more, how “in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.”

– Rob Gardner, composer