SSA or TTB / Easy
Description by Donna Sprowles
Ave crux, spes unica is a Latin pious expression meaning, “Hail to the Cross, our only hope”. This expression has a long history in Catholic and Anglican piety.
“O Crux” is beautiful in the sense of calm it evokes. From the lowest of the low sustained notes to the soaring upper voices, the words and the music become one. The tempo and dynamic changes occur so smoothly as to give the listener a feeling of peace. Yet still at the same time, a rising feeling of hope is exciting. This piece is so very well balanced and crafted, it has become a favorite with women’s as well as men’s choirs in countries all around the world.
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Beautiful words from my friend Donna
I have known Santiago, a young choral composer from Argentina, since 2017. During that time I have watched him consistently write superbly beautiful music for the greatest instrument of all – the human voice. But of all his wonderful music (and this is a very difficult choice as I love all his music), I would have to say “O Crux” is my favorite piece.
I have been a church choir director for 40 years and have heard music come and go. I am confident that Santiago’s music will be an inspiration for many, many years to come.
Translation of the lyrics
O Cross! all hail! sole hope, abide
With us now in this Passion-tide:
New grace in pious hearts implant,
And pardon to the guilty grant.
Being a self-published composer
I am a self-published composer. My philosophy is to create unity between people. For this reason, I value the composer-director and composer-choir relationship, providing a complete service for those who incorporate these works into the repertoire.
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