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Alan Bullard: Wondrous Cross: SATB

Vocal Score | Sheet Music & Songbooks
Subtitle A meditation based on the traditional Seven Last Words of Christ
Instrumentation SATB
Composer Alan Bullard
Publisher Oxford University Press

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 or purchase from the Music Hire Library.

Store Sheet Music & Songbooks
Product Format Vocal Score
Release Date 2012
Pages 40
ISBN 9780193379893
Edition Number 9780193379893
Catalog No. OUP9780193379893
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  1. Prelude
  2. The First Words
  3. Hymn: There is a green hill far away
  4. The Second Words
  5. The Third Words
  6. Hymn: When my love to God grows weak
  7. The Fourth Words
  8. Chorus: Drop, drop, slow tears
  9. Chorus/Hymn: Were you there?
  10. The Fifth Words
  11. Chorus and solo/semi-chorus: Ave verum corpus
  12. The Sixth Words
  13. Arioso: God so loved the world
  14. The Seventh Words
  15. Chorus: In the departure of the Lord
  16. Hymn: When I survey the Wondrous Cross

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