Augsburg Fortress, 2012

SATB, a cappella

Drawing on sacred choral traditions through the centuries, Timothy Shaw has fashioned this penetrating a cappella arrangement of a timeless Lenten hymn. The setting relies on the beauty of drone, parallel 4ths, and layered vocal lines to present a pensive look at Christ’s suffering, and the deeply personal confession repeated through the text.

Based on Isaiah 53:4, Ah, Holy Jesus is a darkly set a capella work on the wages Christ paid for our sins. Rich in texture, the text ultimately sets this anthem as a prayer, relaying a confession regarding our part in His crucifixion.

Tune: “Herzliebster Jesu”

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