8743373, SATB with opt. cello obbligato, $2.50
Date released: 2002
Hayes has used a stately oratorio style and rich harmonies to beautifully communicate the powerful truth of Isaiah 53:4-6: Christ has taken our punishment at the cross, and by his wounds, we are healed! Hayes’ setting of this scripture is ABA in form and is primarily homophonic, though there is some independent movement among the voices in places. The contrasting middle section is particularly captivating as the lush harmonies sung by the voices are accompanied only by the cello. Some divisi in each part, as well as extended ranges, and the scope of the text make this piece most suitable for experienced adult choirs. A must-have anthem for this coming Lenten season!