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.”
“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.