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Alan Bullard
Wondrous Cross

The First Words
There is a green hill far away
The Second Words
The Third Words
When my love to God grows weak
The Fourth Words
Drop, drop, slow tears
Were You There?
The Fifth Words
Ave verum corpus
The Sixth Words
God so loved the world
The Seventh Words
In the departure of the Lord
When I survey the Wondrous Cross

Wondrous Cross is a reflective work suitable for church or concert choirs at Passiontide. Bullard skilfully weaves the traditional Seven Last Words of Christ with linking biblical passages, 3 well-known hymns, and settings of 4 well-known sacred texts, including 'Drop, drop, slow tears' and 'Ave verum corpus' (both of which may be sung as independent motets) to create a moving and at times dramatic work. The short solos are perfectly suited to members of the choir, and strings (quartet, quintet, or ensemble) may optionally join the organ or piano in the accompaniment. If performed liturgically, the work may be interspersed with prayers and readings. The result is a flexible and striking work that re-presents this timeless story for a modern audience. String parts and full scores are available to hire from the Music Hire Library.

Item code: 40540B | Songbook | $13.75 add item to cart
Choral | SATB

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