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Image by Jacalyn Beales

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

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When I Survey the Wondrous Cross - Complete Set

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross - Complete Set

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When I Survey the Wondrous Cross - Piano

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross - Piano

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When I Survey the Wondrous Cross - treble clef C instrument

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross - treble clef C instrument

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When I Survey the Wondrous Cross - treble clef B-flat instrument

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross - treble clef B-flat instrument

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When I Survey the Wondrous Cross - french horn

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross - french horn

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When I Survey the Wondrous Cross - bass clef instrument

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross - bass clef instrument

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HAMBURG is a well-known tune for this beloven text, and this arrangement will add harmonic interest to its usual staid hymnal setting. The piano gives a short 2-bar introduction, and then the voices and instruments enter on the first stanza. The second stanza uses less instrumentation and barer piano, and the third stanza is sung a capella. Piano and instruments re-enter on the final downbeat of the third stanza, climax through a beautiful key change, and voices soar on "Were the whole realm of nature mine..."