This setting of George Bernard's Classic Hymn, "Old Rugged Cross," for Saxophone quartet takes a completely new approach harmonically in this arrangement. While the famous melody in the 1st Alto Sax has a few added embellishments, the rest of the ensemble joins with tighter jazz-influenced harmony.
A reflective approach to this piece of music would be extremely rewarding in a worship setting when used either as an offertory or as a lead-in to a music set. While none of the individual brass parts are particularly challenging, it will still be an exercise in balanced small ensemble playing.
For flexibility, while this arrangement was conceived as an AATB ensemble, a Soprano Sax sub part is included as an optional replacement of Alto 1 (SATB) or alternatively a second Tenor Sax can substitute for the Bari Sax (AATT).
Also available for Trombone Ensemble