J began working on The Prince of Peace when I came to The University of Southern Mississippi in the fall of 2001. Before I began any composing, I read the first four books of the New Testament, which deal with the life of Jesus. I wrote down many of the verses I found to be important and began organizing a structure for a large-scale orchestral and choral work. I planned the work to be shorter in duration than most oratorios, such as Handel's Messiah. The short time the listener spends with the piece should have a profound impact and leave him or her wanting more, just as I long to know more about Jesus.
Frizzell, John David
"The Prince of Peace,"
The Catalyst: Vol. 1
, Article 8.
Available at: http://aquila.usm.edu/southernmisscatalyst/vol1/iss1/8