Crucifixus is a five-movement work depicting scenes from the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
The first movement, Praeludium (Prelude), intones the principal melodic motive of the work: a rising three-note figure onomatopoetic for the title of the work, cast in a harmony that lends itself to an affect of painful contemplation.
The second movement, Ecce homo (Behold the man), is a depiction of the mocking and abuse of Christ by the crowd before Pontius Pilate and on his path to the site of the Crucifixion.
The third movement, Stabat mater dolorosa (Stood the mournful mother), is an aria of the Mother Mary at the foot of her dying son.
The fourth movement, Deus meus, Deus meus, utquid dereliquisti me (My God, my God, why have you forsaken me), embodies the anger of Christ as he suffers his final pains on the cross.
The final movement, Consummatum est (It is finished), is the last thought of a dying man.
This work was premiered by its composer on March 2, 2012 at St. Olaf College.