The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection for classical guitar (John Debney)

Posted on 12. Mar, 2016 by in Best of Intellimusica, Film Score, Method, Modern Classics, Premium Tabs

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Mel Gibson is undeniably one of the greatest actors, directors, and creators on this earth. The Passion of the Christ is a beautifully shot, and moving movie, with an Academy Award nominated score by John Debney.

All of this good has unfortunately been sullied by Mel Gibson’s personal troubles. However, I have a couple points to make on this:

The movie business is the most cut-throat industry on earth. It’s a wonder that any movie gets made — and made well. Within this high pressure tinderbox there’s most likely many actors, actresses, directors, and producers — who have said far worse than Mel Gibson. They didn’t have the misfortune of being recorded, or pulled over drunk, in the new media era where every celebrity’s move is documented in real time.

This does not excuse Mel Gibson’s behavior or statements. However, I have two (now sober) friends who would lose all control with even the slightest buzz. A single Saturday night’s progression of drinking would lead them to wake up in alleys, or in a stranger’s home with no idea what happened (much less what was said) the previous evening. 

I’m one of the lucky majority that can manage my alcohol responsibly. However, you might know a person who can’t, and it can be brutal.

Also, it’s important to take the totality of the individual into account. Amongst other charities, Mel Gibson donated $10 million to reimburse hospitals for care given to seriously ill children who could not get treatment in their homelands due to lack of resources or money. His work with the charity Mending Kids International is ongoing, so his charitable donations are probably even higher than reported. 

I totally understand if you may have been personally offended by Gibson’s past inebriated statements. However, in the spirit of second chances and forgiveness, Robert Downey Jr said it best about his friend here.

Looking forward, Mel Gibson just finished his WWII film Hacksaw Ridge, about American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield) who becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Like The Passion of the Christ, the music will also be done by composer John Debney. Just as with Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ, and Apocalypto — I’ll be in line holding my ticket.

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How to play Resurrection for classical guitar 

John Debney’s score for The Passion of the Christ is ethereal and somber. The hymnal music but it’s evocative and beautiful. Given the subject matter of the film, it’s hard not to be moved when listening to the score on it’s own.

My two favorites are Mary Goes to Jesus, and this arrangement, Resurrection (obviously) played at the very end of The Passion of the Christ into the end credits.

The meandering introduction was difficult to conceptualize on guitar, but I did my best. The meat of the song at 0:33 is exactly the chord progression of the finale. I’ve always loved this, so I’m pleased that I finally got around to playing for this blog.

The guitar tab is beautifully laid out across 3 pages and played straight through without repeats. Resurrection has a bunch of bar chord shapes — so I would recommend this song for intermediate guitar players and up.

Enjoy this, the guitar tab is available below. Resurrection is

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2 Responses to “The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection for classical guitar (John Debney)”

  1. Larry

    24. Mar, 2016

    Thank you for the moving rendition, well done

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