Michelangelo : The Last Judgment (1534-41). Sistine Chapel, Vatican.

J.S. Bach, Cantata 116, at Trinity XXV – Anguish

The terzet for soprano, tenor, and bass, accompanied only by continuo, fuses Christ’s mortal experience of anguish with the anguish of those mortals who, acknowledging their guilt, ask for His patience and to yield His love. This is a pivotal and crucial movement with an underlying structure of great effect: the voices begin canonically, as…