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Alan Bullard
Wondrous Cross
Composer:  Alan Bullard
Subtitle: A meditation based on the traditional Seven Last Words of Christ
Part/Version: Vocal score
Forces or Category: SATB choir & organ/piano, with opt. soloists, congregation, & strings
Details: for SATB choir and organ or piano, with optional soloists, congregation, and strings (string orchestra, string quintet, or string quartet)
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.
Contents:  Prelude
The First Words
Hymn: There is a green hill far away
The Second Words
The Third Words
Hymn: When my love to God grows weak
The Fourth Words
Chorus: Drop, drop, slow tears
Chorus/Hymn: Were you there?
The Fifth Words
Chorus and solo/semi-chorus: Ave verum corpus
The Sixth Words
Arioso: God so loved the world
The Seventh Words
Chorus: In the departure of the Lord
Hymn: When I survey the Wondrous Cross
Duration: 28 mins
Short Description:
Publication Date: Jan 5 2012
Level of Difficulty: B
Trim Size:279x216
Number of pages:40
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