In its content, this moving and festive oratorio presents the Prologue of the Gospel according to St. John in relation to the maturing of humanity in faith. The work portrays the path that leads from earthly striving and doubt to religious enlightenment. The music is characterised by a sensitive setting of the Word, by powerful melodies and colourful harmonies, and by the optimism of religious faith.
The 11 choral parts, that can also be performed individually in religious services and in sacred concerts, are mainly based on psalms. The messages of the choral compositions are musically intensified by soprano and baritone solos. The recitatives are sung by soloists with organ accompaniment or can be declaimed by two narrators (optionally). The instrumental accompaniment by string orchestra and/or organ lends the work a classical festive radiance.
Contents (choral parts): In the beginning was the Word - Worship the Lord - Let your eyes drink of God's creation - Earth to heaven - Fling wide the gates and doors - I will lift up mine eyes - Thou art my God and I will give thanks - Send forth Thy spirit - Lord, grant us peace - I will magnify the Lord - The Lord bless you and keep you