SATB choir with optional oboe & cello
Composed by Ralph E. Hudson. Arranged by Joel Raney. Communion, Atonement, Blood, Cross of Christ, Grace, Love, Mercy, Sacrifice, General, Lent, Sacred. Octavo. 12 pages. Published by Hope Publishing Company (HP.C5275).
Item Number: HP.C5275
Text by Isaac Watts. Scriptural Reference: 1 Corinthians 1:18, 1 John 3:1, Galatians 6:14, Isaiah 53:4, John 1:1-2, Matthew 27:45, Romans 12:1, 2 Corinthians 5:20-21, 2 Corinthians 6:1-10, Ephesians 2:1-10.
The powerful nature of this somber arrangement perfectly captures the sobering reality of the death of Christ. Arranger Joel Raney begins in a minor key for the first two verses, weaving strains of "O Sacred Head Now Wounded" in and out of the accompaniment. He then moves to the major key in the third verse and, with an exciting modulation, leads to the triumphant chorus at the end. The piano, oboe, cello, and voices weave an intensely passionate musical fabric, giving this historic tune fresh impact.