O Sacred Head (PASSION CHORALE) – descants
“O Sacred Head, Now Wounded” is the quintessential Passion hymn. These descants can be played by a variety of treble or bass clef instruments, together or separately, and are also flexible in how they are used within the song. For example, I have used the descants as an extended introduction and brought them back on the final verse of singing. Email me for other transpositions that would be useful in your church.
words by Bernard of Clairvaux and Paul Gerhardt
music: PASSION CHORALE by Hans Leo Hassler
descants by Greg Scheer
This arrangement is mentioned in Greg’s podcast, “Lent: Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.”