Wondrous Cross

A meditation based on the traditional Seven Last Words of Christ

Alan Bullard
Vocal score
In stock


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.


  • Prelude
  • The First Words
  • Hymn: There is a green hill far away
  • The Second Words
  • The ThirdWords
  • 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 Isurvey the Wondrous Cross

Additional Information

Item Number: 9780193379893
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 40
Duration: 28 Mins
Publication Date: 05/01/2012
Barcode: 0
Format: 279x216
Voices: SATB
Force: SATB choir & organ/piano, with opt. soloists, congregation, & strings
Level of difficulty: B


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