“At Calvary”

I’ve never seen a better description of the gospel song “At Calvary” than what Josh Bauder provides in explaining his desire to set it to a new tune:

A resetting of this hymn seemed warranted simply from the lines “He bore the burden to Calv’ry / And suffered and died alone.” The original music there, to my ear, has always seemed horribly out of place (so, too, at the parallel “He had no tears for His own griefs / But sweat-drops of blood for mine”). While the verse explicitly evokes the wrenching agony of the crucifixion, the tune trots gleefully to a winsome cadence, tripping adorably over a dotted rhythm on the way.

Well said.

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