With arching gestures of melodic charm, this octavo presents one of sacred literature's most compelling texts. The piece uses an optional soprano solo with vocal parts providing an orchestra-like tapestry of sound to undergird the expressive main theme. Later the anthem takes on a dramatic turn as jubilant "hosannas" turn to rabble cries of "crucify!" before retuning to its lofty theme. A stunning and dramatic choice for Good Friday.