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The Old Rugged Cross

George Bennard

Text Author: George Bennard

Arranger: Jerrell R. Gray

Arr. © 2016 GIA.

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Vocal Forces: SATB

Accompaniment: Reduction

Tune Name: Old rugged cross

Series: AACMS

Difficulty Level: E/M


Singing “The Old Rugged Cross” as a simple hymn can be a soul-stirring experience, but Gray’s treatment of this chestnut is at turns comfortable as a well-worn sweater, then affecting as a cool breeze on a hot day. Subtle harmonies underscore the text in a fresh way without being avant-garde for its own sake.

Categories: African American, Choral/Vocal

Liturgical: Exaltation of the Cross, Good Friday, Palm Sunday

Topical: Cross, Hope

Style: Hymn Arrangement

Number of Pages: 8

Language: English

Format: Octavo