In 1786, commissioned by the canon of the Cathedral of Cadiz, Haydn composes meditative music to play alternately on Good Friday, with the reading of the last words of Christ. This orchestral version and an adaptation for string quartet (HN851 and HN9771) appeared in the spring of 1787 at the Viennese publisher Artaria. Barely ten years later, Haydn also composed an oratorio version, available from Henle in the series "Studien-Edition" (HN9830). Haydn certainly does not make himself the version for "Clavicembalo o Forte Piano", but, having read the proofs, he praises her saying that she is "very good and written with particular zeal". Moreover this work of the most expressive is also remarkably suitable for an execution on organ.