Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed

Instrumentation

 

Flute
English Horn
Clarinets in A
Bassoon
Horn in F
Timpani
Percussion
suspended cymbal, bass drum, chimes

Harp
SATB Choir
Violin I
Violin II
Viola
Cello
Contrabass

 

Program Notes

Isaac Watts, known as the “father of English hymnody,” penned this powerfully moving hymn set here to two contrasting folk hymn tunes, “Morning Song,” attributed to Elkanah Kelsay Dare and “Martrydom,” adapted by Hugh Wilson. Arranged for SATB choir and chamber orchestra, this dramatic musical setting offers vivid word painting for the profound text of this inspired Lenten hymn.